In the first appeal against a Registered Organisations Commission decision, an FWC full bench has quashed the watchdog's refusal to grant a union more time to submit election information and observed that its approach to defending the case could imply "a lack of impartiality".
An FWC full bench is today hearing a challenge to a Registered Organisations Commission ruling that Queensland's Together union breached the registered organisations regulations, exposing it to penalties, when its leader made a "considered decision" to delay lodgement of election information.
The AWU kicks off its biennial conference today, with new national secretary Daniel Walton seeking to revive falling membership and protect jobs in key industry segments rather than pursue mergers with other unions. Meanwhile, the FWC has been questioning the "integrity" of the union’s reported membership numbers for the five years to 2014.
Secretaries of the CFMEU's construction and general division have been re-elected unopposed in all but one state, as the leadership and members reject findings and criticism by the Heydon Royal Commission and courts and tribunals.
Leaders of the CFMEU's militant construction division are looking to ride out the backwash from the Heydon Royal Commission, with all incumbent states secretaries expected to re-nominate in coming weeks for new four-year terms.
The new leadership of the flight attendants' association's domestic and international divisions, voted in at mid-year elections, is proposing to jettison plans to axe the union's divisional structure and move to a single secretary.