The High Court has reserved its decision on parallel appeals by Esso and the AWU questioning what constitutes a breach of bargaining orders and whether a breach during bargaining means future protected action is not possible.
The owners of a Coffee Club café franchise have been fined more than $180,000 for taking advantage of a desperate 457 skilled visa worker who they first refused to pay and then forced to hand back $18,000 under threat of ending his sponsorship.
A security company must provide United Voice with internal correspondence about its practice of engaging contractors and employees, as the union pursues it for allegedly employing two embassy guards on sham contracts and sacking them when they refused to waive legal rights.
A tribunal has ordered an employer to allow the CFMEU entry to a major freeway construction site to investigate suspected breaches of OHS laws amid claims of threats directed towards its "stressed and anxious" members.
A contracts manager and a team leader of a construction company that took adverse action against a subcontractor it refused to hire because its enterprise agreement wasn't endorsed by the CFMEU have been fined almost $2,000 each for the part they played in their employer's contraventions.
The CFMEU says it will lodge a complaint with the Commonwealth Ombudsman in response to the FWBC's latest legal proceedings, in which the watchdog alleges the union's national and NSW leaders and 11 other officials unlawfully blockaded Sydney's Barangaroo project 12 months ago.