Unions in Queensland could be set to pursue millions of dollars’ worth of back pay claims on behalf of apprentices following a ruling that apprentices should be being paid under more generous federal awards as opposed to state based awards.

As reported by News Ltd, the full bench of the Fair Work Commission has dismissed an appeal by All Trades Queensland against a ruling last year which placed apprentices under modern federal awards rather than state awards. The case originated after the Commission refused to approve a 2015 agreement which…