The Registered Organisations Commission knew that Employment Minister Michaelia Cash had a "keen political interest" in the AWU's past donations and this influenced its decision to start investigating the matter in October 2017, the union told the Federal Court today.
Maritime unions have failed to convince the FWC terminating two nominally-expired agreements that, in one case, had covered no workers since 2013 would sabotage the timetables of new dredging projects.
The Federal Court has ordered that the AFP produce statements made by former Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and three other witnesses during the police inquiry into media leaks about raids on the union's offices in 2017.
RAFFWU has not given up on its push for a $1 billion backpay claim for Woolworths workers, lodging an appeal this week against the retailer's new national agreement, while the FWC says a successful bid by rival retail union the SDA to axe 30 nominally expired Pizza Hut deals will have an "overwhelmingly positive" effect.
A Federal Court judge has warned both sides over the conduct of a long-running case in which two former CFMMEU organisers claim they were driven out of their jobs for whistleblowing in a media interview, going so far as to remind the parties he can stop lawyers charging for "misconceived" work.
A Queensland professional association that markets itself as a cheaper, apolitical alternative to unions is calling on the FWC to force a major employer to seat it at the same table during bargaining meetings, ahead of its planned expansion by the end of the year.
The HSU's Victorian No 1 branch says a Registered Organisations Commission investigation into claims it cashed-out leave and RDOs to fund a private legal bid refers to secretary Diana Asmar's successful 2014 court action that knocked out two leadership challengers.
The FWC earlier this month halted industrial action at BP's Kwinana oil refinery after it accepted that a shutdown of up to a fortnight would be the "unavoidable and inevitable consequence" of protected bans and limitations by AWU members.
An ASX-listed mining company has failed to persuade the FWC to terminate a 2011 deal no longer covering workers or an operating mine in order to make reopening viable, the tribunal finding in the interests of enterprise bargaining the company should first try to negotiate with the CFMMEU.