Fair Work Ombudsman v Skilled Offshore (Australia) Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 275

In a recent case in the federal court, hefty awards were made to two people (the “Loves”) who were refused work by Offshore Management Services (OMS) because they were not members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

Ironically, the MUA was on the receiving end of eight charges relating to the refusal to allow the Loves union members.


  • A penalty of $79,200.00 to the MUA.
  • The MUA pay Mr Bruce Love $352,100.00 and Mrs Lynne Love $371,200.00.
  • OMS to pay the Loves one-third.

The Court also left the door open for the payment of any interest and costs.

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