A failed CFMEU bid for good faith bargaining orders against AGL Loy Yang has highlighted the robust "hard positional bargaining" at the company's power station and brown coal mine that has been complicated by a four-union single bargaining unit belatedly sharing the process with six newly-elected employee representatives.
The FWC has agreed with three WA universities that an NTEU notice misled members and undermined collective bargaining, but it has decided against issuing good faith bargaining orders because the union "set the record straight" despite refusing to retract its statement or admit error.
Notices to employees that allegedly misrepresented union support for a proposed enterprise agreement that had the "potential to mislead" and could be characterised as "unfair" did not undermine the collective bargaining process, a FWC full bench has ruled.
An FWC full bench has today overruled a decision that an employer breached good faith bargaining obligations when it insisted on conducting enterprise agreement negotiations by teleconference rather than face-to-face meetings.
Changes to greenfields agreements bargaining, protected action ballots and unpaid parental leave have come into effect today, after the Federal Government's Fair Work Amendment Bill received Royal Assent yesterday.