A new legal front has opened up in the CFMMEU's civil war, with the mining and energy division objecting to proposed changes to rules covering the union's national leadership structures and administration.
The UWU told the FWC this morning that a proposed enterprise union now has the company's IR manager – an advocate of "union-free" workplaces – holding a key leadership position, as it seeks to convince the Commission to reject the entity's registration application.
In a eulogy at today's state funeral for Green Bans leader Jack Mundey, CFMMEU construction and general division secretary Dave Noonan acknowledged the "terrible injustice" when his leadership predecessor Norm Gallagher blacklisted and summarily expelled the former BLF leader.
Two union-rep teachers are facing court action launched by a new, unregistered rival to the Queensland Teachers' Union after they sent colleagues an all-staff school email claiming it could not represent their industrial interests.
The CFMMEU is today seeking a stay on Federal Court orders that blocked the union's national executive determining a resolution at a meeting ahead of yesterday's crucial de-merger vote by the mining and energy division.
The Federal Court has found it strongly arguable that the CFMMEU's national executive would have contravened the union's rules if it determined a coverage dispute between the construction and mining divisions at a national executive meeting that was to be held today, while construction division leader Dave Noonan probably has not been validly elected as national secretary of the broader union.
The Federal Court has this morning issued an injunction to stymie the agenda for a CFMMEU national executive meeting that was to begin this afternoon, after the union's mining and energy division claimed that if it proceeded the construction and general division would start poaching its members.