The AMWU's failure to reverse falling membership despite a succession of growth strategies highlights the limitations of "organising" to counter external threats, according to research suggesting members can themselves become a barrier to renewal.
The MUA has hit back against DP World Australia's bid to outlaw industrial action at its container ports, claiming the stevedore agreed to consider signing a deed preventing automation and outsourcing provided it had an end date.
Bargained wage rises in the private sector dropped to 2.7% a year in the September quarter, according to newly-released Attorney-General's Department data that also shows some large retail employers are starting to tie increases to the FWC's annual review.
A full Federal Court has largely dismissed the CFMMEU's broad-ranging appeal against more than $300,000 in fines imposed for attempting to force a contractor into signing a union-approved deal, agreeing only that publication orders served no purpose and that too much was made of an "eenie meenie miney mo!" text message.
The CEPU has been fined $445,000 for historic reporting breaches, a Federal Court judge observing that the penalty would have been higher had the union not moved to clean up its act by employing a compliance officer.
Queensland's IRC is today considering a bid to restrain Queensland Health from dismissing a senior nurse who says she spoke to the media about alleged training flaws in her role as a union delegate, in a case testing the state's new human rights laws and the rights of non-registered unions.
A pilots' union that established in the High Court that it could pursue a case on behalf eligible of non-members has lost its substantive case accusing budget airline Regional Express of threatening adverse action against cadets who exercise a workplace right.
In the ROC's appeal against the Federal Court ruling that invalidated its probe into the AWU's donations to Get Up, it claims the trial judge misconstrued prosecution time limits and misunderstood what constitutes "reasonable grounds" for the watchdog to start an investigation.
Victorian unions have issued an OHS directive in response to the unprecedented bushfire season, advising that all non-critical outdoor work should stop when the air quality index reaches "very poor" or worse.