A union legal officer's mea culpa over unread emails has not been enough to salvage a late appeal against an agreement, after an FWC full bench found it did not excuse such a "sophisticated" organisation failing to identify that the contentious deal had won approval.
The CFMMEU construction and general division's Victorian branch has struck an in-principle agreement with several major builders that provides average annual pay rises of 3% over four years and incorporates new measures to attract more women into the industry.
The FWC has agreed to hear a senior public sector lawyer's claims he was denied pay rises after being "admonished" for wearing Zara brand shoes, despite a court finding his employer conducted two procedurally fair investigations before sacking him for misconduct.
The SDA has failed to head off a double whammy for retail workers whose Sunday penalty rates fall this week despite a delay to minimum wage increases, after an FWC full bench found there was no presumption they should be aligned.
The FWC has extended COVID-19 variations in the fast food, retail, health industry and other awards, while adding new safeguards to extended flexibility measures in the clerks, hospitality and vehicle awards.
The FWC has told the ACTU and employers to confer on continuing COVID-19 measures in the clerical, fast food, retail, health industry and other awards ahead of a hearing tomorrow, while it is proposing to grant unopposed extensions to hospitality and vehicle awards.
The SDA has applied to stave off next month's scheduled cut to retail workers' Sunday penalty rates to avoid a double whammy after the FWC minimum wage panel decided not to lift their pay until next year.