The FWC has declined to issue bargaining orders against the MUA for its conduct in negotiations with offshore oil and gas vessel operators, despite finding it misrepresented the employers' position, played "fast and loose with the truth" and behaved in a manner that raised questions about whether it was genuinely trying to make replacement agreements.
The massive $54 billion Gorgon LNG project could gain an assurance of industrial peace for the largest part of its workforce, if workers employed by one of its major contractors accept a new FWC-brokered enterprise deal with fewer working days in each roster cycle.
The Fair Work Commission has rejected the AMWU's reliance on a petition to argue for a majority support determination for water treatment employees after the union failed prove the documents were at all times under control of its organisers or delegates.
The AMWU has fought off another challenge to its representation of workers at a high-tech respiratory equipment manufacturer, after the Federal Court upheld the Fair Work Commission's power to issue a majority support determination.
ASX top 100 company Asciano, which estimates that its subsidiary Patrick's last bruising bargaining round cost it $21 million, is calling for a greater role for the Fair Work Commission in "agreement facilitation".