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Employers say litigation against CFMEU stymies merger

Two employer groups have flagged that they will argue that the CFMEU's merger with two other unions cannot proceed because the former's construction division has a large amount of outstanding legal action against it.

ROC amends case against TWU after disk discovery

The ROC has updated its Federal Court claims against the TWU after the union found a back-up of its Queensland membership database it said was lost when the outgoing state secretary made all the branch's employees redundant in 2010, but the watchdog says it lacks vital information about who could vote.

Branches pre-empt formal CFMEU/MUA merger

The first combined conference of the MUA and the CFMEU appears to have given fresh momentum to the planned merger between the two militant unions, while a new Left-Right union alliance has emerged within the WA branch of the ALP.

Korean Workers Union to share member list with objectors

The FWC has ordered a new organisation for workers employed by Korean businesses to disclose its membership list to employer associations and unions opposing its expanding application for registration as a union.

Federal Court rejects ResMed's "desperate" union challenge

A full Federal Court has thwarted ResMed's latest challenge to the AMWU's ability to organise workers at the company's Sydney headquarters, rejecting the high-tech manufacturer's claims that changes to the union's rules could not be agreed on by a postal vote.

Objectors line up against MUA membership grab

Unions and employer organisations are planning to object to a proposed MUA rule change that would extend its coverage to a wider range of occupations within port authorities.

Court allows CFMEU outcasts to proceed with case

A court has refused to summarily dismiss a general protections claim instigated by two former CFMEU construction and general division NSW branch organisers who maintain they were driven out of their jobs for whistleblowing.

MUA wins beachhead at Gorgon LNG project

The MUA has established its right to represent one of three teams of workers it sought access to at the Gorgon LNG project's processing site, after the FWC found their principal functions "lie at the heart of a waterside worker".