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Esso slashes damages claim against AWU

The AWU says that Esso Australia has slashed the size of a compensation claim over unprotected industrial action in 2015 from $54 million to about $8.6 million.

Court backs "lawful coercion" in Vegemite jar maker battle

The Federal Court has restrained the manufacturer of Vegemite jars and CUB beer bottles from deploying its managers to perform the work of striking maintenance workers while it determines union claims that the strategy constitutes adverse action and a breach of its agreement.

Teacher strikes threatened after wage parity "breach"

The IEU is accusing Queensland Catholic school employers of breaching a 30-year commitment to maintain wage parity with public sector teachers and rejecting all proposals to address work intensification, leaving members with "no other choice but to escalate" their campaign.

MUA to challenge "unprotected bans" ruling

Stevedore DP World has opened up a new strategy for employers seeking to sideline industrial action, winning a ruling from the FWC that MUA bans on shift extensions were not protected because the employer never asked employees to work beyond their hours within 30 days.

Telstra makes bad call on strike language

The FWC has rejected as "pedantic and technical" an attempt by Telstra to block industrial action it claimed was inconsistent with that endorsed by CEPU members.

Industrial strife imminent at container ports

Protected industrial action will start at DP World's four container terminals on Friday in the form of work bans, followed by rolling stoppages in individual ports from next week.

AWU dismisses Alcoa offer to strikers as a bad deal

The AWU is urging more than 1200 striking Alcoa workers to reject a revised management deal as the action affecting the company's West Australian operations enters its fourth week.

Government seeks court help to revive Esso deal

The Victorian government plans to intervene for a second time in a lengthy bargaining dispute over a new enterprise agreement covering Esso's offshore oil and gas workers in Bass Strait.

FWO seeks record $3.55m fine, wins $38,000

A judge has today comprehensively rejected an FWO attempt to rewrite the way courts assess fines for unlawful strikes, ordering the CFMMEU's MUA division to pay $38,000 for a solitary contravention after the watchdog sought $3.6 million in penalties for more than 500 breaches.

Watchdog seeks record fine to punish MUA

The FWO is seeking to fine the CFMMEU's MUA division more than $3.5 million for unlawful industrial action against Hutchison Ports, using a novel argument that historic contraventions of the same Fair Work Act provision denies the union the benefit of the legislation's single course of conduct mechanism.