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Employer body secures legal representation

The FWC will allow an employer organisation to use external lawyers, despite accepting that it has sufficient in-house expertise, as it defends a self-represented former employee's unfair dismissal claim.

$3M adverse action claim alleges sacking after bias complaints

A court has ordered an Indigenous law professor to flesh out claims in a $2.9 million adverse action case that his race and sex discrimination complaints affected RMIT's handing of allegations he used its funds to research a private rice wine venture and posed an OHS risk.

ACTU calls for repeal of union demerger changes

The ACTU's national executive today sought to close off the newly-established legislative mechanism the CFMMEU's mining and energy division is expected to exploit within weeks to break away from the rest of the union.

Gallagher BLF leadership dealt Mundey "terrible injustice"

In a eulogy at today's state funeral for Green Bans leader Jack Mundey, CFMMEU construction and general division secretary Dave Noonan acknowledged the "terrible injustice" when his leadership predecessor Norm Gallagher blacklisted and summarily expelled the former BLF leader.

Pandemic imposing big workload in FWC's WA outpost

An FWC presidential member has averted to "unusually high" workloads for WA-based members that have persisted since the COVID-19 case surge, but the Commission's GM says the pandemic spike is receding.


BHP could not conceal awkward purpose of meeting: FWC

A BHP worker accused of failing to cooperate with COVID-19 temperature screening should have been told before a meeting that it wanted to question him separately over a colleague's alleged misconduct, but the FWC says the employer did not need to reveal the investigation involved his support person.

Cash capable of shepherding IR Bill: Morrison

The Morrison Government has indicated it will push ahead with the Omnibus Bill in the Senate next week despite the expected absence of its architect, IR Minister and Attorney-General Christian Porter.

Labour hirers not "exempt" from redeployment obligations: FWC

A FWC member has resisted criticising labour hire company Workpac for mishandling the redundancies of five mine workers due to "extraordinary" COVID-19 circumstances but expressed disbelief at resource giant South32's ignorance of its supplier's statutory obligations.

Staffroom power struggle heads to court

Two union-rep teachers are facing court action launched by a new, unregistered rival to the Queensland Teachers' Union after they sent colleagues an all-staff school email claiming it could not represent their industrial interests.