On 6 March, the Fair Work Commission approved the merger of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union ("CFMEU") with the Maritime Union of Australia ("MUA") and the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia. Two employer groups, the Australian Mines and Metals Association and Masters Builders Australia, have appealed the Commission's decision. However, in the absence of a successful appeal, the new merged entity, the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union ("CFMMEU"), will come into existence on 27 March. As the CFMEU and the MUA are two of Australia's most prominent, militant unions, employer groups anticipate that the merger will result in an increasing number of disruptions in Australian workplaces with CFMMEU members.

We thank associate Katharine Booth for her assistance in the preparation of this Update.