An IR consultant says a FWC decision ordering his client back to the bargaining table will have a chilling effect by confirming the "Hotel California" nature of a bargaining system in which once employers check in, "they can never leave".
In a decision highlighting the difference between "genuinely trying to reach agreement" and "good faith bargaining", the FWC has rejected an HSU application for a protected action ballot order and found its own conduct wanting.
A BHP subsidiary has been hit with a slew of bargaining orders after an FWC presidential member found it repeatedly shifted the goalposts over two years to delay making an agreement with coal mine supervisors.
The FSU is accusing an industry superannuation fund of undermining the union's bargaining role and engaging in delaying tactics to "intimidate employees on a one on one basis", in an application for good faith bargaining orders filed this week.
The SDA has accused Aldi of rushing through replacement deals before current ones nominally expire in order to weaken workers' negotiating position and avoid protected action, after the FWC approved a new regional agreement barely a year into the existing instrument.
The IEU is accusing the NSW Association of Independent Schools of using COVID-19 as an excuse to breach good faith bargaining requirements and abandon centralised negotiations on behalf of 220 schools, but the peak body says they are still "on foot".
Granting unions a majority support determination for a highly casualised group of maintenance workers on offshore oil and gas facilities, the FWC has rejected an employer's claim they sought to "rig" the outcome by cherry-picking the best time to circulate a petition.