Key Unitywater staff appear headed to industrial action in the coming weeks after members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Electrical Trades Union voted unanimously to explore that option in response to growing frustration among workers at the direction of Enterprise Bargaining negotiations now under way.
The giant Defence Department has been forced to concede it misled its workers on key aspects of its proposed new workplace agreement as its 20,000 civilian public servants begin to vote on the deal on Thursday morning.
The ASU have also asked the FWC to conciliate about a number of outstanding matters which the firm does not want to deal with in bargaining i.e. A fair and transparent bonus scheme, A fair disciplinary investigation process, Consistent gym membership and Car parking and lunch rooms. The current offer is allegedly a wage freeze for Lawyers for 2016, 2017, and 2018 and the low offer for other staff. Further year on the EBA with an expiry date of December 2019 and a pay rise in July 2019 of 2.5% for all staff (including trainee and 1st year to 3rd year Lawyers).
Employees at Australia's nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights in Sydney rejected a new pay and conditions deal. A coalition of four unions representing ANSTO workers campaigned against the pay increase of 2 per cent a year for a three-year deal, arguing that the ban on back pay mandated by the government's policy, meant the offer was only worth 1.4 per cent per year in real terms.
Qantas tabled their issues for the EBA with the ASU at the meeting of the 14th April. These included 18-month wage freeze and 3% p.a. thereafter, any leave over 4 weeks could be cashed out, replacement of existing limited clause to give them the ability to negotiate with individuals about overtime rates, penalty rates, allowances, leave loadings, arrangements about when work is performed and taking up to 5 days’ annual leave in single days, average hours worked calculated over 84 days not the current 28 days.
The waiting game continues for hundreds of workers at Target's North Geelong headquarters after the department store confirmed it would relocate to a new base in Melbourne's west.
The construction union has been accused of an absurd overreaction after conducting an illegal strike when Lend Lease removed union flags from cranes on a Brisbane apartment project. According to the CFMEU's lawyers, the right of employees to have CFMEU flags on cranes was "inherently a workplace right" and "formulates part of the contract of employment". By removing the flags, Lend Lease was interfering with the contract of employment and preventing employees from performing their work, Commissioner Jennifer Hunt rejected the CFMEU arguments and ordered an end to the strike. She said employees were entitled to CFMEU flags in the workplace but only by agreement with the employer.
Thousands of self-employed truck drivers say they face ruin after the Federal Court handed the Transport Workers Union a legal victory by giving the green light to a new pay regime. The pay rates, promoted by unionists as being needed to make roads safer, came into force at 4.15pm yesterday. The Government will move to scrap Labor’s Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal when parliament resumes next week, as it emerges that a ruling by the body will greatly increase costs charged by interstate removalists and expose families to $10,000 fines for underpayments.
Yesterday the government intervened to protect owner-drivers from a transport industry’ new pricing regime when Michaelia Cash proposed a legislative embargo on the new pricing regime. The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal improbable solution to the safety problem was to set a national minimum rate for road haulage — but only for self-employed truck drivers it would not apply to large organisations.
Union delegates have patrolled counters at Sydney Airport and asked specific staff to strike as part of industrial action the Australian Border Force believes could undermine national security. The walkouts appeared to be targeted to circumvent the “surge’’ capability ABF had put in place to manage the industrial action, resulting in potential points of weakness at Australia’s borders. The dispute over public sector pay affecting 120,000 workers has dragged on more than two years. The commission found the industrial action “was threatening and would continue to endanger the life, personal safety or health or welfare of the population or part of it” consequently it has put in place a 3-month ban on all strike action. The strike ban was backdated to an interim order on April 3 that halted immediate strikes.
The Australian Human Resources Institute says Employers should offer staff extra superannuation or extra pay in lieu of long service leave arrangements
The Police Association, on behalf of the Tactical Operations Unit, yesterday met representatives of the NSW Police Force in front of Commissioner John Murphy, for more than two hours of cloak and dagger conciliation, after negotiations between the union and HQ broke down. The issue was around overtime they are entitled to — and which other units attending the same high-risk jobs are receiving — was refused. It is understood that an agreement was reached with a NSW Police request for a non-publication order on Wednesday’s proceedings agreed to by Commissioner Murphy, preventing reporting the outcome.
The Fair Work Ombudsman's nationwide investigation into the fast-food sector finds that nearly half (47%) of 565 spot-checked employers have not been paying their staff correctly, with workers being paid as low as $6 per hour compared to the statutory minimum of $17.25 per hour. The investigation also found that some employers were paying employees on the basis of ‘flat rates’ of pay for all hours worked, with many employers advising they had adopted this practice to simplify their payroll processes.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) in their submission has urged the Fair Work Commission to lift the national minimum wage by $30 a week. The current national minimum wage is $17.29 an hour. The Australian Industry Group said the minimum wage should increase by 1.6 per cent, or about $10.50 a week
21,000 public servants working for the Australian Tax Office have been presented with a new pay deal after two days of bargaining with union representatives. Under the proposal, staff will receive a 3 per cent pay rise immediately after accepting the deal with two 1.5 percent increases in coming years. In addition, they have proposed to increase workplace duty allowances by the same rates with health and wellbeing allowances included in base pay.
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