Written by Workforce chief journalist Paul Karp. ACT Police’s criminal blackmail charge against Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) ACT organiser John Lomax relates to a site rates clause, casting doubt on whether Lomax made an “unwarranted demand” by insisting a subcontractor sign a union enterprise agreement (EA) with the minimum rates. Lomax’s charge sheet ...more
The Maritime Union of Australia has withdrawn its threat of a 10-day strike by wharfies at Mermaid Marine Australia’s (MMA) Dampier Supply Base in Western Australia, with the parties committing to return to the negotiation table. The MUA had flagged a stoppage from tomorrow (August 1) in support of enterprise bargaining demands. However, in a ...more
A union’s strategic choice to switch the scope of its proposed enterprise agreement (EA) so as to avoid protected industrial action restrictions does not mean it is not genuinely trying to reach agreement, according to a Fair Work Commission (FWC) full bench. The bench – Deputy Presidents Val Gostencnik and John Kovacic and Commissioner Danny ...more
Industrial relations legislation and even employer’s industrial tools are largely irrelevant when it comes to productivity and business outcomes, General Motors Holden HR director Mark Polglaze has argued.
Source: Workforce, 8 April 2011
A number of Australia’s leading employer associations have called on the Federal Government to make significant amendments to the Fair Work Act, claiming that they are unable to identify where and how the system is meeting the Government’s objective of delivering productivity growth and sustainable businesses.
Led by ACCI, the employer bodies have raised concerns about matters such as cost increases and reduced flexibility arising from the new modern awards; bargaining outcomes that fail to delivery productivity improvements; increased union activism, particularly through the use of rights of entry and protected industrial action; and a rise in unfair dismissal claims and the need for businesses to pay ‘go away’ money in order to settle claims.
By Anthony Forsyth, co-author with Val Gostencnik, Jacqueline Parker and Rosemary Roach, of “Navigating the Fair Work Laws”, which is publishing this week by Thomson Reuters. The book includes chapters examining in detail the Fair Work Act provisions relating to enterprise agreement-making, good faith bargaining, and protected industrial action.
As first published in Thomson Reuters’ BarQ Spring 2010, August 4, 2010. Co-editor of Thomson Reuters’ Industrial Reports, Vice President Graeme Watson was appointed to the AIRC in June 2006 and appointed to his current role in FWA in July 2009. He was previously a partner of Freehills Solicitors where he worked for 23 years, ...more