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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.