New US President Joe Biden has come to office on a "pro-union" platform pledging to increase the national minimum wage to $US15 an hour and push through laws making it easier for workers to organise and bargain collectively.
Attorney-General and IR Minister Christian Porter is attempting to stare down allegations of inappropriate conduct, as he prepares to oversee crucial legislation to change workplace laws and to introduce a national anti-corruption agency.
A sacked CFMMEU manufacturing division organiser who claims former national and current divisional secretary Michael O'Connor ousted him for secretly planning to run against him as divisional branch secretary could still run against him in delayed union elections.
The long-running power struggle within the CFMMEU has forced the resignation of national secretary Michael O'Connor, following his split with construction and general division Victorian leader, John Setka.
Former HSU national secretary Kathy Jackson faces a pre-sentencing hearing on November 17 after this week pleading guilty in the Victorian County Court to two charges of obtaining a financial advantage of deception.