Activist Rights

Attempts to prevent, stop, or impose conditions on an industrial action

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The Fair Work Commission can also make orders to prevent, stop, or impose certain conditions on protected industrial actions when:

  • they threaten to endanger the health, safety or welfare or people;  
  • they threaten to cause significant harm to the Australian economy; 
  • they cause significant economic harm to the employer or employees;
  • they adversely affect the employer, employee and threaten to cause significant harm to a third party; or
  • bargaining representative would benefit from a ‘cooling-off period’.

If you want to conduct or take part in an industrial action, we recommended that you speak with your trade union or a lawyer to check that:

  • your actions fall within the requirements of a protected industrial action– or
  • that you are aware of the risks if they don’t. 
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