I hear from AM this morning that Woodside and the CFMEU and others are trying to do a deal to save the CFMEU from having to pay fines imposed by the ABCC. Apparently they promise not to break the law again for 7 years. Reynolds said the union had been hit with millions of fines for "simple industrial disputes" which of course were in breach of the law; that is why they got the fines. this is a classic case where the union and the employer agree that the law does not count for a row of beans. If Prime Minister Gillard agrees to this then it will be a nail in the coffin for Australia's industrial relations system and the number of strikes will rise and rise. And weak employers will think that they too have to do deals with militant unions just to stop unions breaking the law. It will mean the law of the jungle is back into the system.