The agreement for Esso's outsourced maintenance labour supplier MTCT has won FWC endorsement after it accepted that the hundreds of casuals who voted the deal up validly approved it because they worked at least one shift in the period before the ballot.
Officeworks has this week started paying the first 2% tranche of a 10% pay rise under a proposed four-year deal that also returns penalty rates and improves rostering protections, after nearly 100% of voting team members endorsed it in a ballot that closed on Sunday.
In a decision clarifying the extent to which employers can address shortcomings in order to finalise an agreement already voted on, the FWC has approved a black coal deal opposed by the CFMMEU after accepting it would not be "substantially" changed by 14 undertakings.
An FWC full bench has clarified when non-bargaining representatives opposing agreement approvals have a right to be heard, clearing the way for the CFMMEU to test whether a wrongly-declared representative is incapable of being covered by a deal.
In the latest FWC decision contemplating whether "minor" procedural or technical errors stand in the way of approving an agreement, a senior tribunal member has shot down a deal that delivered workers a 13% pay rise but relied on them accessing the underlying award via the internet.
RAFFWU will object to the FWC's approval of a new McDonald's deal voted up by an historically-low 59% majority, as it attempts to clear the way to terminate the burger giant's nominally expired 2013 agreement and claw back more than $250 million in alleged underpayments.
Newly-installed IR Minister Christian Porter has singled out the ailing enterprise bargaining system as one of his first priorities, highlighting the need to reduce "complexities" standing in the way of agreement-making.
A senior FWC member has told an IR conference that problems associated with a "radical disjunct" between the common law and award definitions of casuals will "snowball" if not resolved, while the cause of stunted wage growth in the face of strong labour market conditions lies beyond orthodox thinking.