The Federal Court has held that the TWU made misleading statements linking Aldi's supply chain arrangements with a spike in road deaths but has found that it did not breach the Australian Consumer Law as it is not a trading corporation and did not make the claims in trade or commerce.
The TWU will continue its campaign of protests against Aldi, seeking supply chain agreements similar to those signed by Coles and Woolworths, after the retailer narrowed its common law claim against union.
Boral chief executive Mike Kane is expected to be cross-examined next week by lawyers for Victorian CFMMEU leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon, who today faced the first day of their committal hearing on blackmail charges in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
CFMEU construction and general division Victorian branch secretary John Setka has foreshadowed an appeal to the High Court if the State's Court of Appeal does not throw out blackmail charges against him and his lieutenant next year.
The Coalition's legislation that would raise maximum fines from $750.000 to $10 million for secondary boycotts is no certainty to become law after Nick Xenophon Team senators joined the Greens and Labor to declare it would not support it.