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NSW TWU crosses COVID border to run Queensland branch

The TWU's NSW branch has temporarily taken over the running of the Queensland branch, after an investigation of its governance and the resignation of its secretary, who won election in 2010 with the backing of the union's national office.

Bench rejects RAFFWU's Coles majority support bid

An FWC full bench has refused RAFFWU leave to appeal a finding that petitions showing almost 100% of 2000 participating Coles workers want to bargain are not enough to make a majority support determination.

Mental health condition warrants extending time: FWC

An Uber driver accused of deliberately driving into a customer has won extra time to file an unfair dismissal claim after the FWC accepted suicidal ideation and mental incapacity following his shunting from the platform amounted to exceptional circumstances.

Government entitled to reject Ashby's "act of grace" payment: Court

The Federal Court has ended parliamentary staffer James Ashby's bid for a $4.5 million "act of grace" payment arising from his sexual harassment case against former Speaker Peter Slipper, ruling that the Government's rejection of his application did not constitute adverse action.

Newsflash: ACTU Congress upended by virus

The policy development aspect of next week's planned ACTU triennial Congress has been put on ice as a consequence of Melbourne's COVID-19 lockdown.

"Seems unjust", but worker two hours' short of protection: FWC

A small business that sacked a worker and sent him home less than two hours before he served the 12-month minimum employment period to qualify for unfair dismissal protection has successfully fended off his FWC claim.

Strike threat for Australia's largest prison after deal spurned

In another test of public-private ventures, prison officers at the country's largest and newest correctional centre are considering striking after overwhelmingly rejecting what the CPSU called a "lowball" deal put forward by operator Serco Australia.

Pubs tap FWC for loaded rates

Higher-paid hospitality workers' overtime and penalty payments would be rolled up into loaded rates under an award variation proposed by employers in response to COVID-19's impact on the industry.