Full Court Minute Books

Case M185/2016

Esso Australia Pty Ltd  v. The Australian Workers' Union
The Australian Workers' Union v. Esso Australia Pty Ltd

Case No.

M185/2016; M187/2016

Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

25/05/2016 Federal Court of Australia (Siopis J, Buchanan J, Bromberg J)

[2016] FCAFC 72


Industrial Law – Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) – Construction of s 413(5) – Where s 413(5) requires that certain persons “must not have contravened any orders that apply to them” for industrial action to be protected – Whether under s 413(5) the contravention must be at the relevant time – Whether under s 413(5) the order must be operative.

Industrial Law – Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) – Construction of ss 343 and 348 – Where sections prevent actions being taken against another person “with intent to coerce” the other person to take or not take industrial action – Whether sections require knowledge that action was unlawful.

Short particulars


16/12/2016 Hearing (SLA, Sydney)

23/12/2016 Notice of appeal

23/12/2016 Notice of contention (Respondent - AWU)

27/01/2017 Written submissions (Appellant - Esso)

27/01/2017 Written submissions (Appellant - AWU)

27/01/2017 Chronology (Appellant - Esso)

27/01/2017 Chronology (Appellant - AWU)

17/02/2017 Written submissions (Respondent - Esso)

17/02/2017 Written submissions (Respondent - AWU)

03/03/2017 Reply (Appellant - Esso)

03/03/2017 Reply (Appellant - AWU)

10/08/2017 Hearing - Esso, Hearing - AWU (Full Court, Brisbane)

06/12/2017 Judgment (Judgment summary)