An FWC full bench has used a workplace determination to call on the federal government to relax public sector bargaining guidelines, at the same time as it questioned the legal standing of a major department's decision to "go harder" after workers voted down multiple proposed deals.
The Independent Education Union has failed to establish that its rules extend coverage to mobility instructors at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, despite the ASU reportedly conceding the teachers' union had a better chance of negotiating an agreement for the group.
The FWC has rejected arguments that the CFMEU engaged in pattern bargaining during negotiations over agreements with two crane operators, clearing the path for indefinite strikes to begin early this morning.
As Woolworths, the SDA, AMIEU and AWU look to lock in an in-principle deal increasing penalty rates, delivering a potential $1100 sign-on bonus and grandfathering base rates, RAFFWU is holding out for an extra $1 billion it claims is owed by the retailer.
The CPSU says it will recommend Bureau of Meteorology workers reject a new agreement offer that relegates delegates' access rights to a side deal and makes them subject to management approval, vowing in the meantime to keep inserting campaign messages into the bureau's forecasts.