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CDPP says it had evidence to lay criminal charges

The Commonwealth DPP believed it had prima facie evidence to lay criminal charges over the leaking of information about the 2017 AFP raids on the offices of the AWU, a Senate estimates hearing was told today.

Should changing the rules include axing strike ballots?

Unions in seeking to "change the rules" should consider whether to challenge the bipartisan anti-industrial action consensus by insisting a Labor Government remove the system of protected action ballots, an IR academics conference has heard.

Undertakings get contentious fire deal across the line

The FWC has approved a Melbourne fire brigade agreement after it accepted undertakings that override terms that hindered workers going part-time and allowed their union to block flexible working arrangements, while a challenge is still on foot to an earlier finding that discriminatory deals can still get up.

We had enough evidence to lay charges over AWU raid: AFP

The Australian Federal Police believes it gathered enough evidence to lay charges over media leaks about raids on the offices of the AWU in 2017, a Senate Estimates hearings has heard today.

CEPU seeks to block multi-employer deals

The CEPU has launched a full-frontal attack on electrical contractors' efforts to secure a multi-enterprise agreement, claiming employers in other industries might use their actions as a "blueprint" to use the Fair Work Act to their advantage before the federal election.


Snail mail strike ballots less likely to reach 50% voter threshold: Study

New university research might put pressure on an incoming Shorten Labor Government to make it easier to use attendance ballots to authorise industrial action, after it showed they are far less likely to fail to reach the legislated 50% turnout target for protected action ballots than the dominant postal option.

No interest in Shorten's links to donations: Cash

Former Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has told the Federal Court that it was "not of interest" to her that alleged union donations she referred to the Registered Organisations Commission involved the Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten.