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FWC refuses to backdate axing of McDonald's deal

The SDA and RAFFWU are warning part-time McDonald's workers against signing new contracts that reduce their shift hours or switching to casual employment before transitioning to the award, after the FWC last month granted their rival bids to terminate the 2013 agreement.

FWC halts campaign of "coordinated" sickies

The FWC has issued a s418 order to stop 31 individual Orora Packaging employees taking unprotected industrial action in the form of "coordinated" personal leave that has shut down production lines.

Court closes AWU official's reprisal case

The Federal Circuit Court has dismissed by consent claims by the AWU's former WA branch vice president that the union sacked her because she complained about alleged sexual harassment.

Tensions rise between rival Workpac class actions

In an escalation of tension between the CFMMEU and Adero Law over their competing class actions on behalf of black coal mineworkers allegedly misclassified as casuals by Workpac, the union is asking the courts to compel the law firm to use "reasonable endeavours" to cooperate.

CFMMEU national leader seeks to halt "poaching"

CFMMEU national secretary Michael O'Connor has applied for Federal Court orders to immediately stop construction and general division Victorian branch leader John Setka from encouraging and inducing manufacturing division members to resign and join his operation.

Slow FWC payment system blamed for late lodgement

The FWC has accepted an unlawful dismissal claimant's contention that the tribunal's "slow processing" of her $73.20 filing fee explained a two-minute delay in online lodgement.

Bench declines to trim hairdressers' penalty rates

An FWC full bench has rejected a bid to reduce hairdressers' penalty rates for weekend and public holidays, while seeking further submissions on whether weekend rates should be paid in addition to casual loading.

Suspending action won't hasten new deal: FWC

An employer has failed to convince the FWC that suspending industrial action would improve the chances of reaching agreement before the business is transferred to a new owner.

"Assumptions" undermine deed duress claim

In a case clarifying when an employee can claim they signed a deed of release under 'duress', the FWC has thrown out a director's unfair dismissal matter after finding he had ample opportunity to test his assumption that he would not be paid his entitlements if he did not put pen to paper.