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Employer's sworn statement not enough to approve deal: FWC bench

A senior FWC member's failure to seek the details of a construction employer's pre-ballot explanation of its proposed agreement has led to it being quashed, after a full bench rejected the proposition that the company could rely on its sworn statement about the process.

ACTU decries working group employers' conduct

ACTU secretary Sally McManus has criticised the attitude of employer groups towards the Morrison Government's IR working groups, accusing them of breaching confidentiality and not participating in good faith.

Waste giant scraps chief's share options

The board of Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd has announced today that is abandoning plans to issue shares worth about $2.3 million to chief executive Vik Bansal, after complaints about his "overly assertive behaviour" in the workplace.

Qantas weighing appeal against JobKeeper ruling

Qantas is considering a challenge to a Federal Court interpretation today of JobKeeper payment rules that will require it to backpay employees who received penalty rates in arrears while covered by the wage subsidy scheme.

Vale Peter "Simmo" Simpson

Unions are mourning the death at 57 of former Queensland/NT ETU secretary Peter "Simmo" Simpson.

Coronavirus risks justify entry curbs, FWC rules

The CFMMEU's MUA division has failed to convince a senior FWC member that it is unreasonable to refuse entry to an offshore vessel to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to instead require it to use a landside meeting room.

Porter cool on small business award; & more

IR Minister cool on small business award; $20,000 penalty for blocking CFMMEU safety entry; and FWC to consider extending vehicle award flexibilities.

Swissport to press for deal's approval, after TWU flags new challenge

Outsourced aviation services provider Swissport has rebuffed the FWC's suggestion that it start afresh rather than continue to seek endorsement of its troubled 2018 agreement, after the TWU flagged that it would challenge the genuineness of the employees' consent.

Employer told me to "rort" JobKeeper: Executive

A manufacturer's commercial manager has accused it of sacking him after he refused to "rort" JobKeeper, following an alleged instruction for employees to reduce sales figures so it could qualify for the scheme.

Eminent IR researcher Pocock might be Senate-bound

Barbara Pocock, an academic and researcher who played a crucial role in popularising the concept of the "work-life collision", has won pre-selection as the South Australian Greens' lead Senate candidate at the next Federal election.