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Bench rejects challenge to CFMEU-MUA-TCFU merger

Employer groups are considering a High Court challenge to the rejection by an FWC full bench of their bid to reverse the amalgamation of the CFMEU, MUA and TCFU.

Former union secretary fined for overpaying himself

The Federal Court has fined a former Flight Attendants' Association international division secretary $2000 for failing to submit six years of the union's budgets and overpaying himself $16,000 in 2011, taking into account his cooperation and "genuine belief" he was entitled to the sum.

"High hurdle" halts pilots' rule change plans

The FWC has today ruled out a contentious rule change sought by a pilots union because it failed to abide by requirements to secure support from a two-thirds majority of its governing body.

Rule change ensures equal representation in union governance

Women will make up at least half of all members elected to the Independent Education Union's federal council branches following a rule change that secretary Chris Watt says is a "symbolic" first step that he hopes will prompt its state branches to look at their own structures.

ACTU withdraws to sidelines as unions quarrel over rule change

The fate of a hotly-contested Australian Federation of Air Pilots membership rule change bid is up in the air as the FWC considers whether a sufficient majority of the union's council members voted for it, while the ACTU has withdrawn its own objections after the tribunal questioned its standing.

Court to inquire into invalid doctors' union election

The Federal Court is conducting an inquiry into an Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation election that commenced before comprehensive rule changes could be finalised, leaving the union to contact about 80 newly elected councillors to tell them the result is invalid.

Green light for AMWU makeover

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.

AMWU restructures in response to membership decline

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.

Rule change extends pilots union's reach

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.