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Deal approved despite FWC's own BOOT concerns: Bench

The CFMMEU has questioned whether non-BOOT compliant agreements are slipping through the FWC's approvals process after a full bench quashed a three-paragraph decision green-lighting a deal despite the tribunal's own internal analysis warning that it did not pass muster.

Criticism of agreement approval "queue" outdated: Ross

The FWC reduced its agreements backlog by more than two-thirds in the first seven months of the year, making recent criticism by commentators "substantially out of date", according to the tribunal's president.

Full court rules on leave test case

A full Federal Court has ruled today that a pair of 12-hour shift workers at a Cadbury chocolate factory are entitled to 10 calendar days of paid personal/carer's leave, rather than a lesser amount argued by their employer and the Federal IR Minister.

Employer's approach didn't discourage union involvement: FWC

An employer's advice to workers ahead of bargaining that they would be out of a job and in labour hire if the CEPU negotiated a new deal was "forceful" but adequately presented them with a choice of a union or non-union agreement, the FWC has held.

Union lashed over delaying agreement approval

The CFMMEU has been lashed for its role in delaying the approval of a three-worker agreement replacing an expired deal, the FWC questioning whether it was pursuing an "agenda" rather than assisting the tribunal as required under the relevant legislative provisions.

Teacher strikes threatened after wage parity "breach"

The IEU is accusing Queensland Catholic school employers of breaching a 30-year commitment to maintain wage parity with public sector teachers and rejecting all proposals to address work intensification, leaving members with "no other choice but to escalate" their campaign.

Union accuses employer of "industrial gerrymander"

The FWC is seeking fresh evidence as to whether the Uniting Church fairly carved out a group of Wesley Mission workers to be covered by a new deal after a larger cohort rejected an earlier offer, while the nurses' union has refused to sign the "unworthy" agreement.

Personal preferences would "mire" BOOT, says FWC

Approving a deal that lacks RDO and TOIL provisions contained in the retail award, a senior FWC member has warned the Better Off Overall Test would become "mired in speculation on subjective and unquantifiable matters" if he had to factor in the personal preferences of each employee.

Airline's corporate structure hampers bargaining: Union

The ASU and Virgin Australia have clashed over the former's bid for a majority support determination to open the way for bargaining, the union alleging the airline's organisational structure intentionally impeded the process.

Aerocare to revert to award in six months

The major aviation services company Aerocare will continue to seek approval for a new enterprise agreement after the FWC agreed to terminate an underlying 2012 agreement, with the consequence that employees will be entitled to award coverage.