Recent decision of interest:

Interim anti-bullying orders to deal with picketing

The Fair Work Commission has issued interim anti-bullying orders in a Melbourne Brewery dispute to stop five replacement workers from being approached or harassed by picketers.

The picketers were protesting along the worksite’s entrance after more than 50 employees were made redundant following a contract changeover. Amongst the picketers were employees, officers and members of the AMWU and ETU.

If the matter proceeds to a final hearing it will be interesting to see how (or whether) the Commission addresses the following issues:

  1. Whether the bullying occurred “while the worker is at work”; and
  2. The limitations, if any, on the Commission’s powers to issue interim orders in this type of application.

To read this decision, click here.