In a significant decision as to what constitutes industrial action, a full Federal Court has found that the legislative framework does not capture instances where a subcontractor's workers down tools with the support of their direct employer.
Aluminium giant Alcoa breached status-quo provisions in its enterprise agreement by disciplining AWU delegates embroiled in a dispute over their refusal to stop wearing shirts bearing union logos when it introduced a new uniform policy last year, the FWC has found.
The FWC has backed aluminium giant Alcoa's right under its new uniform policy to bar two employees at its WA alumina mines who are also AWU delegates from wearing shirts that bear the union's logo in the workplace.
The Fair Work Commission has warned the Dapto Leagues Club it might encounter difficulties enforcing its new policy against employee lip piercings or visible body art, noting the irony of its approach given "a majority of professional footballers" are "covered in tattoos".
The SDA's campaign to stop employers from compelling workers to dress in revealing clothing has received a boost after a FWC full bench ruled the union was denied natural justice when it sought to change the Hair and Beauty Industry Award to prohibit the practice.