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Full court rejects attempt to knock out class action

A workforce management company supplying technicians to the NBN, Telstra and Foxtel has failed to convince a full Federal Court that it should knock out a class action on behalf of at least 3350 workers allegedly misclassified as subcontractors.

Union de-merger legislation passes both houses

The Morrison Government's union demerger bill has sped through Federal Parliament in a single day, aided by Opposition support that has the CFMMEU construction division's national leader accusing Labor Leader Anthony Albanese of "running up the white flag".

Eight-year greenfields project deals under IR Bill

The Morrison Government's IR omnibus legislation is seeking to extend the terms of large greenfields agreements to eight years, closing the door on lawful mid-project industrial action while new deals are negotiated.

Tribunal delivers brutal takedown of government agency sacking

In a warning about the myriad ways disciplinary investigations can go wrong, the FWC has rejected virtually every finding a large government agency relied on to sack an experienced rail employee who described his dismissal meeting as a "Pearl Harbour" moment.

Porter asks Ross to develop loaded rates for COVID-hit sectors

IR Minister Christian Porter has asked FWC President Iain Ross to consider how to best insert "loaded rates" incorporating penalty rates and other benefits into four awards covering industries "distressed" by the coronavirus pandemic.


Porter introduces Bill to enable CFMMEU break-up

IR Minister Christian Porter has today introduced legislation that would enable the CFMMEU's mining and energy division to de-merge from the troubled amalgamated union.

Qantas case to "put outsourcing on trial": Bornstein

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will today file a Federal Court test case for the TWU that alleges the Qantas decision to contract-out ground-handling duties performed by 2000 workers amounted to unlawful adverse action.

Bill streamlines BOOT, imposes approval timeline

The Morrison Government's legislative overhaul of enterprise bargaining ushers in a major "simplification" of the Better Off Overall Test and a 21-day deadline for the FWC to determine agreement applications.

Qantas defeats claim for bigger redundancy payouts

In holding that Qantas need not include prior service with related entities or casual employment when calculating flight attendants' redundancy entitlements, a senior FWC member has accused the FAAA of "cherry picking" to try to prove otherwise.