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Judgment highlights primacy of deal's intellectual freedom clause

James Cook University is fighting back against a Federal Circuit Court finding that it unlawfully sacked an academic who criticised prominent climate research, while the NTEU has welcomed a finding that the institution's code of conduct is "subordinate" to an intellectual freedom clause in its agreement.

Stopworks not unlawful industrial action: Full Court

A full Federal Court has upheld a finding that agreement-sanctioned union stopwork meetings can be freely used to delay and disrupt business as part of a campaign strategy, but has increased fines for the CFMMEU's coercion of head contractor Hutchison by almost 30%.


Fast ferry captains' dispute bound for FWC

The CFMMEU's maritime division and the NRMA-owned operator of Sydney's Manly Fast Ferry service are expected to face off in the FWC this afternoon over planned stoppages that could start tomorrow, after talks this morning failed to resolve a bargaining impasse.

Employer not required to pay idle workers at fire-damaged mill: FWC

A Tasmanian wood mill operator that stood down its workforce after this year's bushfires has established that even though its agreement requires workers to be paid for time lost due to such natural events, it does not have to pay them if it is because of bushfire-damaged machinery.

Conditional bonus might amount to adverse action: Unions

Aviation unions are threatening to run an adverse action case against Qantas for making the payment of a $2000 cash bonus conditional on securing new post-wage-freeze enterprise agreements.

Job security link permits FWC to rule on casual conversion clause

A large pharmaceutical company is obliged to convert labour hire workers to permanent positions after a year's continuous employment, the FWC ruling that the relevant agreement clause was a permitted matter because it promoted job security.

Professor contesting "privileged" status of pre-investigation advice

After winning an interlocutory injunction reversing her suspension from Melbourne University, the head of its culture and communication school is challenging her employer's claim that legal advice received before appointing an investigator to probe possible misconduct is privileged.

Hiatus for Chemist Warehouse agreement ballot

The FWC has made a bargaining order requiring Chemist Warehouse to delay a vote on a proposed enterprise agreement, as an indefinite strike continues at key warehouses in Victoria and Queensland.