Victorian State Labor MP and former AWU leader Cesar Melhem has agreed to admit eight civil breaches of the law covering union memberships, avoiding a scheduled 12-day trial due to begin tomorrow in the Federal Court.
In a novel claim accusing the CFMMEU's maritime division of breaching intellectual property and consumer laws during negotiations for Manly Fast Ferry workers, the NRMA is suing the union for significant damages allegedly caused by using its logo in campaign material.
The NSW IRC has decried an HSU state branch's "adversarial" approach in refusing to award costs against an industrial officer who sought a review of a regulator's decision scrapping improvement notices that claimed union employees might be exposed to "psychological hazards".
AMMA and the ABCC have failed to convince the FWC that it should not issue entry permits to organisers fronting an AWU-CFMMEU alliance, despite its "inaccurate" representations and the recent lack of a genuine employment relationship.
The Federal Court has ordered a timber factory to reinstate a CFMMEU delegate while it determines his adverse action claim, noting a "distinct coincidence" in his sacking soon after joining the union and becoming involved in bargaining that appears "too acute to be accidental".
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.
A tribunal has ruled against UFU Victorian branch and national secretary Peter Marshall in a dispute over defined benefit superannuation that could have added about $1 million to his retirement benefits.
The CFMMEU's code of conduct requiring officers to "publicly defend" colleagues, refrain from casting aspersions and deal with all concerns internally forms the basis of the union's defence in a court case involving two former organisers who claim they were ousted for whistleblowing in a media interview.
The CFMMEU is calling on the Federal Court to review its "outrageous" decision to direct that $1 million held in a trust fund on members' behalf be shared by all former employees of liquidated labour hire company One Key Workforce Pty Ltd.