The AiG has responded to the Democrats' decision to reject the Government's pattern bargaining bill by taking its battle against Campaign 2000 back to the IRC, today taking the unusual step of asking the Commission to convene an urgent hearing and to direct senior union officials to attend.
Militant Workers First leader Craig Johnston is now the head of the Victorian branch of the AMWU, with the Federal Court today finding his election opponents hadn't proved their case on ballot irregularities.
In a two-pronged development that has incensed the CFMEU (mining & energy division), Shell is contracting out mining work at its Southern Colliery in Queensland and the contractor, the union claims, is giving jobs only to workers who will sign AWAs.
NSW IR Minister Jeff Shaw's amendments to his 1996 IR Act have handed employees and unions a powerful enhancement to existing anti-victimisation provisions, incorporating the equivalent federal provision's reverse onus of proof that has been used to great effect by unions against Patrick and other employers.
The Queensland Supreme Court has issued a permanent injunction stopping the CFMEU and its officials picketing a Rio Tinto coal mine, despite the picket ending nearly a year ago and the lack of any immediate threat of it resuming.