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FWC member rejects another call to step aside

A Fair Work Commission member has for the second time in two days refused to re-allocate arbitration of a CFMMEU matter, insisting parties "don't get to decide" despite full bench advice that those conciliating a dispute should automatically step aside from arbitrating it if a party objects.

Setka seeks to bar ALP from ejecting him

CFMMEU construction and general division Victorian branch secretary John Setka has begun legal action seeking to block his expulsion from the ALP, arguing it would diminish his "industrial and political voice".

Woolies accepts FWC recommendation on restructure

Woolworths and the SDA have today endorsed an FWC recommendation that the retailer make larger redundancy and transition payments to resolve a dispute over a major restructure in its supermarkets.

Court temporarily reinstates sacked union delegate

The Federal Court has ordered a timber factory to reinstate a CFMMEU delegate while it determines his adverse action claim, noting a "distinct coincidence" in his sacking soon after joining the union and becoming involved in bargaining that appears "too acute to be accidental".

Court considers circumstances of slow-paying business

A court has been lenient with a financially distressed business that failed to comply with a timetable to make $18,000 in FWC-ordered payments to an unfairly sacked chef, fining the company but sparing its sole director.

Six-year delay might render verdict "unsafe"

The Federal Court has found a sexually harassed worker has a reasonable chance of successfully challenging orders clearing a Boral subsidiary of vicarious liability, on the basis that the judgment is "unsafe" due to a six-year delay.

Coalition has second go at "ensuring integrity" legislation

The Morrison Government has today re-introduced legislation that provides a public interest test for union mergers and makes it easier to de-register unions and disqualify officials who repeatedly break the law, arguing it is needed to specifically deal with the CFMMEU.


FWC member refuses to step aside

A Fair Work Commissioner has warned of member shopping, delay tactics and artificial constraints in comprehensively rejecting full bench advice that those conciliating a matter should automatically step aside from arbitrating the dispute if a party objects to their continued involvement.

Court rejects ABCC coercion case against CFMMEU official; & more

Court rejects ABCC coercion case against CFMMEU official; ETU damns industry super report "spruiking" nukes; DP World seeking to halt MUA's industrial action; Ginters inspires lawyers to raise funds for MND; and FWC upholds reinstatement of drunk employee.