Faced with the threat of the closure of Bluescope Steel's Port Kembla steelmaking operation unless significant operational savings can be made, the Fair Work Commission has allowed the company to require maintenance staff to operate machines without any change in pay rates.
A Full Federal Court has found an employer was entitled to relocate its employee's "base" of operations under the terms its enterprise agreement, with the result of reducing travel expenses and overtime.
The FWC has rejected the CFMEU's claim that the Port Kembla Coat Terminal enterprise agreement allows the "sandwiching" of long service and annual leave and has instead preferred the employer's view that long service leave cannot be broken up and substituted for periods of annual leave for the ultimate benefit of the employee.
One of the nation's largest abattoirs has failed to convince the FWC that unions should not distribute written materials when using right of entry permits for "discussions", after its HR manager tried to stop the AMIEU from giving workers a newsletter on a judgement regarding their agreement.
The MUA has told the FWC that sacked stevedoring workers at Hutchison's Port Botany terminal, who last night temporarily won their jobs back, have been unable to do so because security guards are preventing access to the site.
The Federal Court has this evening granted an interlocutory order sought by the MUA to stop stevedore Hutchison Ports from proceeding with plans to dismiss almost 100 employees at its Sydney and Brisbane container terminals.
The MUA told an interlocutory hearing in Brisbane today that stevedore Hutchison should reinstate 97 workers from its Port Botany and Brisbane container terminals, because the company had breached its agreement when it engaged in tokenistic rather than substantive consultation with its workforce.