A full Federal Court majority has today rejected a judge's reasoning for ordering the MUA to pay a fine of just $38,000 for a week-long unlawful strike at Hutchison Ports' Sydney and Brisbane container terminals, but has rebuffed the FWO's contention that the stevedore should have been awarded $600,000 in damages it didn't seek.
The FWC has held that an agreement negotiated with two train drivers but set to cover an entire transferred workforce on the Roy Hill Pilbara mine network was not genuinely agreed, but it is asking whether this is a minor error that can be dealt with via an undertaking, "odd as that may be".
A tribunal has ruled against UFU Victorian branch and national secretary Peter Marshall in a dispute over defined benefit superannuation that could have added about $1 million to his retirement benefits.
The ETU's Queensland and NT branch says it will agitate to have three-weeks-on/one-week-off rosters enshrined in all future resource industry construction agreements in its backyard, after EnerMech workers voted up a deal that switches from a 4/1 roster on the Ichthys LNG Project.
The Federal Court has ordered a construction company to reinstate an electrician until it decides whether it took adverse action by sacking him within 10 days of his becoming a health and safety representative and reporting suspected asbestos in a water tunnel.
Leading employment law academics have urged a WA inquiry to consider a growing body of evidence that wage theft is "not so much an anomaly, as a norm", while the AiG says that characterising under-payments as stealing is misleading.
Unions and early learning services have welcomed Labor's commitment to fund a 20% pay increase for early childhood educators if it wins the May 18 election, but the IEU says it will not affect its FWC work value and equal pay claims on behalf of the sector's university-qualified teachers.