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Booming FWC workload confirms COVID-19 upheaval

New data from the FWC has confirmed the workplace upheaval being wrought by COVID-19, with a leap in unfair dismissal applications, stand-down disputes and agreement variations in pursuit of a wage freeze or deferral.

Timing OK, but consultation lacking over uni job cuts: FWC

In an instructive decision on when employers should communicate major job-cutting proposals to workers, the FWC has endorsed Deakin University's timing but told it to engage at an institution-wide level after finding its 15-area carve-up left "no opportunity" for meaningful consultation.

Give five days' strike warning during COVID-19: FWC

Hutchison Ports has won an extended five-day notice period for industrial action after failing to do so last year, winning a ruling that the coronavirus pandemic has tipped the balance and created exceptional circumstances.

MUA pursuing docks deals as COVID-19 hits trade

The MUA has vowed to press ahead with bargaining at four stevedores despite employer resistance to its policy stance against automation and outsourcing of work.

Court rejects Qantas Group bid to sideline FWC

The Federal Court has ruled today that the FWC has the power to arbitrate a dispute between the ALAEA and Qantas and Jetstar over coronavirus-related stand downs.

Deal eases COVID-19 tensions at Australia Post

Australia Post and the CEPU have signed a one-year agreement extension that aims to protect job security and take-home pay as the utility switches to a new delivery model amid the strains of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

FWC applies brake to university redundancies

The FWC has stopped Deakin University from moving ahead with hundreds of redundancies until the resolution of a dispute over whether it must consult at an institution-wide level with the NTEU before reaching a final decision.

Leave-purchasing among keys to saving jobs, says uni

A university says its union-supported application to insert COVID-19 leave-purchasing and shutdown measures into its agreements will save an estimated $15 million in return for job security commitments, while other tertiary institutions have sought similar arrangements.

Pandemic no excuse to stop bargaining: FWC

The FWC has ordered a major supermarket supplier to resume bargaining after finding that it was using the current pandemic as an excuse to delay meeting with the UWU.