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Full court majority backs coercion call, despite procedural flaws

A full Federal Court majority has found a judge did not deny a building contractor procedural fairness by failing to put it on notice before declaring it breached non-pleaded coercion provisions, during a meeting with undertones of The Godfather.

Corrupt former HSU leader Jackson avoids jail

A Victorian County Court judge has held that former HSU official Kathy Jackson "selfishly" misused about $103,000 in union funds, but has handed down a wholly-suspended two-year jail sentence.


Labor to debate IR platform in March

The ALP will consider its IR platform at a "virtual" national conference in late March next year, possibly just ahead of an early Federal election, while the ACTU's next triennial congress is also likely to go online.

No accord on awards after IR roundtables

An internal ACTU report says that employers and unions involved in the Morrison Government's IR working groups ended up at loggerheads over proposals to overhaul the award system, but found common cause on using shared data on award pay rates and entitlements.



Full court affirms unions' liability for officials' breaches

In a momentous ruling on unions' liability for officials' breaches, a full Federal Court has upheld a finding that the CFMMEU was "knowingly concerned" in organisers' refusal to show permits when entering a site to discuss safety issues.

New development in CFMMEU's internal war

The CFMMEU's mining and energy section has resolved today to retreat from its day-to-day involvement in the post-merger mega-union, alleging the construction division has "decided to simply use its numbers to bully and steamroll smaller divisions".