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Company with 140,000 workers lacks in-house IR advocacy expertise: FWC

One of Australia's largest employers has convinced the FWC that it should have access to external legal representation to defend its dismissal of a self-represented employee accused of stealing $400, because its in-house legal and HR personnel lack expertise in IR advocacy.

Court derails injunction bid for sacked delegate

The private operator of Sydney's newest rail line has agreed to continue paying an RTBU delegate pending an expedited trial in July into allegations that it sacked him because he helped prepare for a majority support determination application, after the Federal Court today found serious questions to be tried.

Casual call thwarts NUW MSD bid

The FWC has refused to grant the NUW a majority support determination at a distribution centre after holding that it must only count casuals who have recently worked shifts and declining to seek additional information to determine which casuals the company rostered-on.

AWU claims turnaround, but ROC losing patience

The AWU claims to have arrested its membership losses, with a new back-office system recording a "modest" increase in numbers, but the ROC is growing impatient, accusing the union of lacking urgency and transparency in rectifying its reporting after it first raised issues about inaccurate data more than two-and-a-half years ago.

Court freezes assets until underpay claim decided

The Federal Court has frozen $450,000 of the assets of an Illawarra Indian restaurant operator while a cook pursues an underpayment claim of more than $200,000 plus penalties, amid allegations that it paid him for just a portion of his 12-hour shifts and demanded regular repayments.

Judgment highlights primacy of deal's intellectual freedom clause

James Cook University is fighting back against a Federal Circuit Court finding that it unlawfully sacked an academic who criticised prominent climate research, while the NTEU has welcomed a finding that the institution's code of conduct is "subordinate" to an intellectual freedom clause in its agreement.

FWC to assist Sydney Fast Ferry negotiations; & more

FWC to assist Sydney Fast Ferry negotiations; Fine against CFMMEU Queensland leader; CBA facing up to $15m in backpayments, says FSU; and Federal Court to inquire into TWU election.

FWC throws out bullying claim against HR manager

The FWC has rejected a claim that a chemist operator's HR chief and two managers bullied a pharmacist by failing to roster enough support staff to assist him on Saturday shifts.