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CFMMEU divisions split over Adani

The CFMMEU has split along divisional lines in Queensland over support for the controversial Adani coal mine, with the union's construction division calling on the State government not to be "conned by corporate carpetbaggers".

Coles buys into "safe and fair" produce supply chain

An alliance between three unions to cover the agricultural supply chain says it has won agreement from the supermarket giant Coles to "pursue safe and fair conditions" for workers in the fresh produce and meat sectors.

Tribunal member's questions leading, but not unfair: Bench

An FWC full bench has cleared the way for a commissioner to redetermine an employer's objections that a worker allegedly sacked when a stranger handed her an unmarked envelope at her home did not qualify for unfair dismissal protection because it should be deemed a small business.

Boost wages by addressing workplace regulations: OECD

The Australian government needs to shake up the regulatory framework governing workplaces and competition if the country is to reignite wage growth and capitalise on the opportunities presented by the digital economy, according to an OECD report.

Sick chef's sacking "extraordinarily heartless"

A wholefood store that summarily dismissed a chef after a three-day absence for cancer treatment has failed to establish that he abandoned his employment, the FWC slamming its "extraordinarily heartless disregard".

Contrition over HR manager's silence needs more than words: FWC

In a penalty decision ordering the local arm of a global conglomerate to pay a further $20,000 to a supervisor unlawfully sacked by an HR manager within her probationary period, a court has cited the company's failure to find out more about the contravening conduct and whether it needed to minimise the risk of it reoccurring.

Blue collar super union plans head to FWC

United Voice and the NUW are pushing ahead with merger plans to create Australia's biggest blue-collar union, with almost 156,000 members and an organising model that seeks to tackle low-paid labour hire jobs as well as part-time and casual work.