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We didn't threaten over deal, says CFMMEU

The CFMMEU's construction division says senior NSW officials at the centre of a new ABCC court action have denied alleged threatening conduct, such as warning a crane company to "agree with everything" in a deal as "you don't want your blokes offsite, equipment damaged, cranes wrecked".

Failed food delivery platform coughs up $2.3m for former riders

Foodora's administrators have announced that the food delivery platform's German parent will direct payments of nearly $2.3 million to cover almost 30% of the claimed entitlements of 1700 of its former riders, but while the TWU has welcomed the "world first" it says more than 3800 riders will go unpaid.

Employers "pulling hair out" over new labour hire scheme

Victoria's labour hire regulatory scheme has opened to mixed reviews, welcomed by the academic who headed a landmark inquiry into the sector but dubbed a "blunt instrument" by a key employer group.

Unintentional, but irregular worker was an employee: FWC

In the latest ruling on the distinction between independent contractors and employees, the FWC has found that a graphic designer whose hours for related small employers were "negotiated" on a weekly or fortnightly basis over almost three years was capable of being dismissed.

Bench to measure how much ground covered by redetermination

An FWC full bench will make a call on whether a redetermination requires the tribunal to consider all grounds afresh, after the AWU today won a stay on a senior member's orders enabling her to contemplate just three specified issues in revisiting Alcoa's bid to bin its WA deal.

Union sues police over alleged "unlawful picketing"

In what is believed to be an Australian-first, the Victorian CFMMEU is seeking penalties of more than $4 million against four police officers and the civil construction giant McConnell Dowell for allegedly stopping union safety officials from inspecting "high-risk work" at a level-crossing removal project.

FWO hit with costs order after shipping case runs aground

The FWO must pay half the legal costs of a Norwegian shipping company accused of short-changing 60 crew, the Federal Court chastising the watchdog for "doggedly" pushing to hold it liable even though it already repaid them, fully cooperated and could not have known of the contraventions.

"Small town" Kiwi climbs every mountain to FWC pinnacle

A mountain-climbing former radiographer who once found a future FWC vice president leading a team of dancing lawyers outside her office has become one of the tribunal's newest senior members.