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"Common industrial interest" smooths path for merger vote

United Voice and the NUW are a step closer to conducting a member ballot on whether to merge to become Australia's biggest blue-collar union, with the FWC this week issuing a community of interest declaration acknowledging their shared industrial interests.

FWC rejects axing of deal workers did not know existed

The FWC has refused to terminate a decade-old agreement after hearing a construction company's workers did not know it existed and observing that there was "no evidence whatsoever" about the individual employment arrangements now in place.


Big companies "getting it wrong" on payroll: James

Former Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has warned of IR specialists kept in cupboards, time bombs for HR managers and nightmare scenarios caused by "fundamental misunderstandings", in a speech to an Ai Group forum.

Sacked executive $420K out of pocket after court costs refused

A court has cited multiple settlement offers in refusing to award costs to a mortgage provider or its former chief executive, who says he spent well over $500,000 on an adverse action claim which netted him $110,000.

Conciliators should bow out of arbitration if objections: Bench

In a significant decision on FWC practices, a Commission full bench has made a powerful case for members conciliating a matter to automatically step aside from arbitrating the dispute if a party objects to their continued involvement, obviating the need for recusal hearings.


New McDonald's deal faces grilling after large "no" vote

RAFFWU will object to the FWC's approval of a new McDonald's deal voted up by an historically-low 59% majority, as it attempts to clear the way to terminate the burger giant's nominally expired 2013 agreement and claw back more than $250 million in alleged underpayments.

Spotless slugged $60,000 for paying unwitting union members' fees

ASX-listed Spotless Group Limited has been ordered to pay 14 former employees a total of $60,000 for breaching their privacy rights when disclosing their names to a union and paying their membership fees without authorisation.