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Majority scraps penalty imposed after Hutchison strike

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.

Victoria eases public sector bargaining strictures

Victoria's Parliament has passed legislation that will enable public sector workers to bargain for a wider range of matters, including minimum staffing levels and job security.

Bunnings deal shelves hours-banking regime

The SDA says a new deal voted up this week by Bunnings workers finally removes a contentious "bank of hours" rostering system that it fought to abolish or amend over six separate bargaining rounds.

Can Gina's train deal glitch constitute a minor error?

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".


Union claims deal sets new family-friendly roster standard

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.


Court temporarily puts sacked OHS rep back in job

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.

Wage theft no anomaly, academics tell inquiry

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.

Pay cases to continue despite Labor child care plan: Union

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.