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Unions' vegetarian meals-only claim genuine bargaining: FWC

Sodexo's circuitous journey to a new offshore deal has taken another turn after the FWC gave unions the go-ahead to conduct a strike ballot despite arguments that a claim for workers to be provided only vegetarian meals showed they were not bargaining genuinely.

Young Libs caution against wage theft heavy-handedness

The NSW Young Liberals have called on the Federal Coalition to establish a three-strike warning system to deal with employers that unintentionally underpay workers and for employees to "bear some of the risk", in a submission warning against "heavy-handed" policies.

MUA operating on our turf, says ABCC

The ABCC, in opposing entry permits for CFMMEU maritime division leaders, is relying on the view that they fall within its jurisdiction because they are officials of a "building association".

Employer's blood-alcohol limit change "impermissible"

A tribunal has upended a large transport company's "unilateral" decision to change to zero its blood alcohol policy limit for contracted owner-drivers, finding a toolbox meeting and noticeboard postings did not meet the governing agreement's consultation requirements.

Stevedore was weighing no-automation terms, claims union

The MUA has hit back against DP World Australia's bid to outlaw industrial action at its container ports, claiming the stevedore agreed to consider signing a deed preventing automation and outsourcing provided it had an end date.

Virgin Australia pilots sue for millions

A group of Virgin Australia pilots suing the airline for about $2 million claim a commitment to provide command positions or equivalent pay by mid-2016 entitles them to captains' future salary increases under a new deal, regardless of whether they perform the role.

WHS Act no shield from cruel conditions, says employer

A McDonald's franchise that says it can otherwise stop workers from going to the toilet if it provides a 10-minute paid break contained in their agreement has told a court that Queensland's WHS Act does not entitle employees "to be protected from cruel and inhumane working conditions".

Contempt for underpayment claim attracts $240K fine

In a case highlighting the dangers of failing to engage with underpayments cases, an employer who did not respond to a claim it short-changed a teenage worker by $8000 must now pay him an additional $240,000 in penalties.

"Dysfunctional" union fined $445K for reporting breaches

The CEPU has been fined $445,000 for historic reporting breaches, a Federal Court judge observing that the penalty would have been higher had the union not moved to clean up its act by employing a compliance officer.

Company fails to block FWC intervention on pay downgrade

An employer that unilaterally reduced the classification levels of two workers previously handed a pay upgrade has failed to convince the FWC it had no power to intervene in a contractual issue "masquerading" as an enterprise agreement dispute.