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AWU weighing-up new membership fee structure

The AWU's national leadership is pushing for a "progressive fee structure" that would involve bigger contributions from higher-paid workers and ditching the current flat-fee regime.

Coal loader deal sealed after 80 days of lockouts

CFMMEU members at the Port Kembla Coal Terminal returned to work this morning after voting up a new agreement that secures their jobs and provides their first pay rise since 2014.

FWC updates agreements benchbook; and more

FWC updates agreements benchbook; Massive costs order would discourage reinstatement claims; and ABCC powers could extend to all corners of economy.

Court orders go-slow for class actions as Rossato awaited

The Federal Court has called "pens down" on two Adero Law class actions challenging Hays and Stellar Recruitment's use of casual mineworkers in the black coal industry, as the parties await Workpac's bid to thwart "double dipping" claims and consider additional cross claims.

Visa worker not sacked for prohibited reason, FWC finds

In a rare FWC-arbitrated adverse action ruling, an employer has established that it sacked a bar supervisor because his performance deteriorated when he found out that it could not sponsor him for permanent residency and not because he asserted his workplace rights.

Tribunal backs sacking after male-on-male harassment

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of a 63-year-old male employee who sent text messages calling a 37-year-old male colleague his "bitch" and "toy boy" and threatened to "molest" him and squeeze his testicles until it made him cry.

Forklift "burnouts" dismissal beyond challenge, FWC rules

The FWC has upheld the summary sacking of a process worker who smashed glass and poured thinner onto the ground to aid his forklift burnouts, finding the conduct "so extreme that it does not warrant any further inquiry", as "no explanation or mitigation" could avoid the result.

Former AMWU leader farewells Senate

In a valedictory speech tracing his arrival in Sydney as an "economic refugee" in 1973 to becoming a union leader and Labor shadow minister, Senator Doug Cameron has told the Senate that his belief in socialism drove him to seek a Senate seat and credited his wife with saving him from alcohol addiction.

60% minimum pay goal might be too low: Report

New Zealand's adoption of minimum wage rises that will on current trends lift the pay floor beyond 68% of median earnings by 2021 suggests that Australian unions might be too timid in pushing for a 60% benchmark, according to a new Centre for Future Work study that examines the lessons for Australia from the Ardern coalition government's IR reforms.