94% unionised public servants at the ATO voted ‘yes’ to take industrial action over the stalled enterprise bargaining negotiations. Strikes could take place in the critical run-up to the end of financial year.
Western Australia's Industrial Relations Commission has awarded above-inflation salary increases to public hospital and health services workers, despite a requirement to take into account the Barnett Government's public sector wages policy. They were awarded increases of 3.75 per cent backdated to July 1 2014 and 3 per cent from July 1 this year as part of the latest enterprise agreement.
The full bench of the Fair Work Commission has given Aurizon the power to terminate 12 expired enterprise agreements, effectively forcing workers back on to the rail industry award if new EAs aren’t agreed. The 12 enterprise agreements cover 6000 employees.
An Esso spokeswoman said the company was conducting enterprise agreement negotiations “co-operatively with our workforce and their representative unions in good faith, with the aim of reaching a timely and mutually beneficial agreement. The unions had opted to take protected industrial action.
Palaszczuk government will legislate to tear-up controversial industrial relations reforms across the public sector instigated by the former Newman government. Queensland Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Curtis Pitt, on Thursday warned councils that “bargaining on outstanding EBAs [enterprise bargaining agreements] should be suspended until the legislative amendments are made.”
Barring a breakthrough in negotiations over a new employment agreement at a meeting on 29 April, staff at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) could start skipping meetings with managers and ignoring their phone messages, refusing to fill in time sheets, and working strictly to specified hours. These industrial actions could escalate to strikes.
Several powerful unions will push the party to commit in government to bringing in changes to the Fair Work Act to "mandate" employers to disclose comprehensive internal accounts, budgets and forecasts to unions. The RTBU is seeking an amendment to the Fair Work Act to mandate the disclosure by companies of internal accounts, budgets and financial forecast to unions and employee representatives, particularly when companies rely on this data to refuse union claims in bargaining or in their applications to the Fair Work Commission,"
CFMEU northern district is trying to negotiate a deal with mining contractor, Thiess. Sixty operators and eight tradespeople at the Mount Owen coal mine are facing the loss of their jobs as a result of Glencore's decision to scale back production.
CSIRO scientists have committed to industrial action if an enterprise bargaining “impasse” is not resolved by the end of the month.
Civilian staff at the massive Department of Defence have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over deadlocked enterprise bargaining negotiations. The CPSU said industrial action would encompass “a range of work bans, the reading of statements to the public and contractors as well as stoppages of up to 24 hours” and flagged it expected action to start commence in May
Fortescue is restructuring rosters from a cycle of eight days on, six days off to a cycle of two weeks on, one week off, in its latest move to cope with plunging iron ore prices. Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) WA have slammed Fortescue Metals for failing to consult mine workers before making significant roster changes.
The High Court found on Wednesday that Queensland Rail is a constitutional corporation that comes under the federal Fair Work Act and not Queensland's industrial system. Under the state system, employee conditions could be changed without QR having to negotiate with unions. Unions will renegotiate up to 6000 QR workers' workplace agreements. The case was brought by 10 unions.
Lend Lease has struck a confidential settlement with the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union and the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union over the stoppage at the Queensland Children’s Hospital site between August and October 2012. The settlement will now prevent Fair Work Building and Construction from further investigating the conduct of the unions.
Several major employers, and employer bodies including Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), have called for a complete overhaul of the enterprise bargaining provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 in their submissions to the Productivity Commission. A major concern for the employer body is companies are locked in to the current agreement as the starting point for negotiating the next deal and agreements include a mandatory “productivity term.
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