The Federal Court will permit the ABCC to cross-examine one of its own witnesses in a bid to prove he relayed information alleging the CFMMEU would block two subcontractors from working on a Melbourne Quarter project site, as they were not members.
The turmoil in Victoria's construction sector in the wake of its shutdown and Melbourne's anti-vaccination protests is continuing, with the resignation of a key IR advisor to the Andrews Labor Government.
The Federal Court has rejected the ABCC's "cynical" view of CFMMEU-commissioned entry rights training for an inexperienced organiser who pushed over a Fulton Hogan manager when pressing to access parts of a Monash Freeway project site in 2017.
An appeal court has found that international IT company Infosys had no obligation to pay long service leave to employees who claimed the entitlement after they worked for it in Australia for less than three years but up to a decade in India and elsewhere, finding they didn't meet the "continuous service" threshold under State legislation.
A court has accepted that it should impose a reduced underpayment penalty on an employer and its director because last year's extended coronavirus lockdown in Melbourne significantly reduced the size and financial resources of the business.
Coles has avoided millions of dollars in penalties for underpaying Victorian workers after relying on an agreement clause that conflicts with State long service leave laws, leaving a court concerned its "paltry" $50,000 fine sets a poor precedent.
The Federal Court has today imposed $100,000 in fines and costs on the CFMMEU and a delegate who stopped work on a construction site due to safety concerns, but has criticised the ABCC for "over-egging" its case and of having "difficulty turning", like "a battleship in full steam" when it learned that the facts had changed.