The United Workers Union that is set to emerge from the amalgamation of United Voice and the NUW will have a "radical" structure that does away with state branches and instead adopts internal union "electorates" and sectoral organising.
The Australian Federation of Air Pilots has revived an application to expand its rules to allow it to retain members who move to Qantas mainline, after the FWC a year ago rejected it because of a technical error.
The CFMMEU's code of conduct requiring officers to "publicly defend" colleagues, refrain from casting aspersions and deal with all concerns internally forms the basis of the union's defence in a court case involving two former organisers who claim they were ousted for whistleblowing in a media interview.
Unions are continuing to embrace affirmative action measures to increase women's participation and ensure leadership reflects membership, the FWC this week approving ASU rule changes requiring a woman to hold at least one of three new leadership positions.
An inquiry into an Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation election that opened before the FWC finalised changes to the union's rules has left it behind schedule and unable to recoup $70,000 in costs after "well and truly" blowing its legal budget.
The FSU has asked the Federal Court to rule that a global currency exchange company is covered by the banking, finance and insurance award, claiming it shifted to the retail award after the recent reduction in penalty rates.