Two years after a forecasts of a membership wipeout fuelled soon-abandoned merger discussions with United Voice, the AMWU has approved a major overhaul of its structure and governance to take effect from July 1 next year.
The AWMU is holding a three-day special national conference to consider a plan to overhaul its governance, structure and operations, as it seeks to revive a membership base that has dropped by more than half over the past 15 years.
The FWC has approved a rule change for a Virgin pilots union that will enable it to expand its associate membership category to encompass pilots from other airlines and grant them access to its insurance scheme for loss of their flying licence.
The FWC has given the ACTU until the end of the month to explain how it has standing to object to a non-affiliated pilots union's rule change bid that Qantas has labelled "so broad" it could extend to "any person anywhere", with objectors also set to weigh in on the validity of the clause's endorsement.
Employer groups have failed in their bid to delay the March 27 CFMEU-MUA-TCFU amalgamation, but have taken solace from a senior FWC member's observation that their April 9 appeal to an FWC full bench "surmounts the fairly low bar of being arguable".
The Fair Work Commission has approved the merger of the CFMEU with the MUA and TCFU after rejecting employer arguments it should take account of the "significant" number of civil pecuniary proceedings penalty cases against them.
The Fair Work Commission has today reserved its decision on whether to approve the merger of the CFMEU, MUA and TCFU, with employer groups arguing that proceedings seeking to recover fines and penalties should be taken into account.