United Voice and the NUW are a step closer to conducting a member ballot on whether to merge to become Australia's biggest blue-collar union, with the FWC this week issuing a community of interest declaration acknowledging their shared industrial interests.
The FWC has refused to terminate a decade-old agreement after hearing a construction company's workers did not know it existed and observing that there was "no evidence whatsoever" about the individual employment arrangements now in place.
In a significant decision on FWC practices, a Commission full bench has made a powerful case for members conciliating a matter to automatically step aside from arbitrating the dispute if a party objects to their continued involvement, obviating the need for recusal hearings.
ASX-listed Spotless Group Limited has been ordered to pay 14 former employees a total of $60,000 for breaching their privacy rights when disclosing their names to a union and paying their membership fees without authorisation.
An IT consultant who falsified bank statements to disprove allegations she was working for private clients on company time has been ordered to pay a portion of her employer's legal costs, while the FWC considers whether she committed an offence under the Fair Work Act.
An FWC member has rebuffed an employer's claim that he should recuse himself from hearing an unfair dismissal case on the basis of an ultimately admitted error he made in writing up a jurisdictional decision.