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AMMA makes conflict-of-interest objection to permit bids

The Australian Mines and Metals Association is challenging whether three union organisers are employed by the employee organisations that have applied for their right-of-entry permits, in what appears to be an attempt to test the structure of a union alliance.

IFM settles UK harassment case; and more

IFM settles UK harassment case; Builder excluded for flouting payment security law; O'Dwyer leaves gaps on Safe Work Australia board; and NTEU takes university to court over Ramsay.

Stopworks not unlawful industrial action: Full Court

A full Federal Court has upheld a finding that agreement-sanctioned union stopwork meetings can be freely used to delay and disrupt business as part of a campaign strategy, but has increased fines for the CFMMEU's coercion of head contractor Hutchison by almost 30%.

Court likely to hear Mac Bank underpayment claims

A dispute between Macquarie Bank and 15 former employees who allege they were underpaid more than $2.6 million looks destined for a full hearing after the Federal Circuit Court rebuffed the parties' request for mediation by a judge.

High Court rebuffs "two longs" case; & more

High Court rebuffs "two longs" special leave bid; Relativity "decompression" proposal needs to go back to drawing board, say retailers; and Women's pay outpacing men's in recent wage slowdown, says report.

WA to establish anti-bullying, equal pay regimes

Unions have praised WA's McGowan Government for committing to recommendations in a ministerial IR review that will enable the State IRC to make equal remuneration and anti-bullying orders for workers not covered by the federal system and expand the definition of "employee" to include more private sector workers.

Aggrieved MD facing restitution cross-claim

A managing director who is pursuing a building company over allegedly unpaid income tax, leave and superannuation is facing a novel cross-claim for restitution of his salary, amid allegations that he operated a competing business and took unlawful industrial action when he failed to fulfil his duties.

Election stalls union merger legislation

The calling of the Federal election has left several pieces of IR legislation stranded on the notice paper of the old parliament, including a push to apply a public interest test to union mergers