A full Federal Court has found that a CFMEU official breached the Fair Work Act's "hinder or obstruct" prohibition for permit-holders when he "liberally" swore at a safety inspector, but rejected the ABCC’s argument that it was denied procedural fairness when the trial judge described former Commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss’s questioning of a witness as "inexcusable".
A full Federal Court has rejected an appeal by a CFMEU construction and general division official against answering questions in court from his own counsel on the grounds that he might incriminate himself.
A court has thrown out a union bid to shut down a report into discriminatory behaviour in the Victorian fire services, confirming that the state human rights commission's powers extend to investigating statutory corporations.
A labour hire company is appealing the quashing of a two-year-old agreement covering more than 1000 mine services workers after it was found to have been inadequately explained to the three workers who agreed it.
The High Court has confirmed that unions are entitled to run underpayment and other contravention cases for un-named classes of employees who are eligible for membership but are not members, paving the way for a pilots union to advance an adverse action claim on behalf of Regional Express cadets.
The High Court has directed an FWC full bench to re-determine whether a controversial Aldi agreement for a new distribution centre passes the better off overall test, but it has agreed with the retailer that deals covering new enterprises can extend to employees yet to work there.
The High Court has today upheld an appeal by Esso Australia against a finding that industrial action taken by the AWU in 2015 was protected, in a decision that leaves the way open for a substantial damages claim against the union.