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.
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.
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.
The Police Federation has failed to convince the FWC that Victoria Police's plans to introduce afternoon shifts breach their agreement, or that the potential for frontline officers to "bear the brunt" of community dissatisfaction made the change unreasonable.
An FWC full bench has dismissed the CFMMEU's application for costs against the AMMA and MBA for their unsuccessful appeal against last March's merger creating the mega-union, finding the employer bodies' case "not unworthy of consideration".
The Federal Court will rule this morning on whether a former senior media advisor to ex-Employment Minister Michaelia Cash will be required to answer questions in the AWU raids case, despite claiming privilege on the grounds of self-incrimination.
The Registered Organisations Commission knew that Employment Minister Michaelia Cash had a "keen political interest" in the AWU's past donations and this influenced its decision to start investigating the matter in October 2017, the union told the Federal Court today.