Stevedore Patrick has ended more than 12 months of industrial deadlock, reaching an in-principle agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia just days after the company was taken over by Qube and Brookfield Infrastructure.Patrick and the union declined to comment on the details of the in-principle agreement.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union met with State Government representatives today but negotiations failed to avert strike action.Planned strike action by train drivers will affect services across Adelaide on the 23/8/2016. Adelaide Metro train drivers and ticket inspectors voted overwhelmingly in June against a revised enterprise agreement which offered a 2.5 per cent salary increase but also introduced provisions for forced redundancies.
Back in around 2011, many of the above companies accepted a deal offered by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA). Under the deal, people who worked ‘conventional’ Monday to Friday hours would be paid above the award but many people who worked at weekends and sometimes at night would be paid less than the award stated. There would also be holiday, operational breaks, retrenchment and other benefits not included in the award. This was in exchange for the Companies boosting union membership.Coles became the test case earlier this year and the 2014 agreement was set aside by Fair Work because one shift worker was able to show he was worse off. Coles then reverted to the 2011 agreement but adjusted base salaries (however those delivering online orders went onto a different award because they were not covered in the 2011 arrangement).The people I know that are top experts in enterprise bargaining agreement cases that go before the Fair Work Commission, say that Coles has almost no chance of winning the case, lawyers or no lawyers.
Public service departments are stalling on wage talks with their workforces while they wait for a clear lead from the Coalition government on its workplace bargaining policy. After a quiet period in the wake of the election, the dispute between the government and much of its public service workforce is gathering pace again with Border Force, Immigration and Agriculture officials walking off the job at international airports and other sites around Australia in recent days.Agencies will continue to be able to offer wage increases averaging up to 2 per cent per annum, with costs to be met within existing budgets
About 50 Griffin Coal maintenance workers in Collie had their pay slashed about 19 per cent after their enterprise bargaining agreement was terminated yesterday. The company said it would voluntarily pay 40 per cent more than the award for six months while it tried to negotiate a new pay deal with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.
Qantas (QAN) is refusing to budge in negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement covering more than 1500 of its ground staff who are demanding more full-time work and longer hours. Qantas part-time employees are guaranteed 20 hours of work a week. Any additional hours are paid at ordinary — and not overtime — rates for up to a total of 38 hours a week. The union is also asking for a 4 per cent annual salary increase, a 1 per cent increase in superannuation and for Qantas to commit to a 35 per cent full-time employment target by the agreement’s expiry and a 30 hr minimum for part time workers.
Tens of thousands of jobs are at risk from a union campaign to convert casuals to permanent positions after six months’ regular work, according to industry groups. Business is also sounding the alarm on a related union push to set a minimum engagement period for casuals of four hours
Esso Australia is seeking to terminate two enterprise agreements at its Bass Strait oil and gas operations, in a bid to overcome union opposition to a long-held plan to introduce a 14-day-on, 14-day-off roster for its offshore workforce. The application had been made after the company had taken part in more than 50 bargaining and conciliation meetings with unions over the past two years.The major sticking point in negotiations has been the company's bid to move from a 7-day-on, 7-day-off roster to a 14-day-on, 14-day-off roster.Esso had offered a 3.5 per cent annual wage increasewhile the union initially sought an 8 per cent annual pay rise.
Deliveroo is facing a court case around the employment / contracting of its delivery staff. The value of Deliveroo and its competitors is predicated on requiring riders to contract to them independently, when under the Fair Work Act they should be seen as employees, said a senior associate at law firm Maurice Blackburn, Daniel Victory.
Border protection workers will take part in mass strikes at Australia's seven international airports from midnight on Friday, August 12, in a renewed bid to break the deadlocked battle over their pay and conditions. Around 75 per cent of staff still don't have new enterprise agreements; that's more than 100,000 workers and their families who have now gone three years without a pay rise while struggling to hold on to basic workplace rights and conditions, particularly the ones that allow them to balance work with family commitments.
The union movement has accused the industrial umpire of stripping back conditions for workers following a landmark decision handing employees covered by awards the ability to cash out a portion of their annual leave.The new arrangements only apply to award-covered employees. Award-free employees have been able to cash out annual leave — in excess of four weeks of accrued leave — by agreement with their employer for several years.”
The Education Minister has suggested it was time to look at the effectiveness of funding, and started to build his case post-election for linking teacher salary to "demonstrated competency and achievement against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, rather than just length of service". The Australian Education Union has expressed concerns that this will lead to performance pay.
The Australian Workers Union (AWU) and other industry unions are demanding that workers at the company’s Whyalla steel plant and iron ore mines in South Australia accept a 10 percent reduction in base pay rates and a two-year wage freeze. The pay cuts are part of a four-year enterprise agreement negotiated between the union and KordaMentha, the financial administrator of the heavily-indebted company.The union has stated that if they reject the proposed pay cuts, the Whyalla plant and the mines will be closed, destroying an estimated 3,100 jobs, including in associated industries, in the South Australian regional city of 22,000.Workers at Arrium’s troubled Whyalla steelworks have rejected a 10 per cent pay cut in a move that threatens to torpedo any potential sale.
Richard Blandy has suggested that the best contracts between employees and employers were enterprise-focused “social contracts” made at the level of the enterprise.It is instructive that union membership in Australia is now only 12 per cent of the private-sector workforce, whereas union membership is 42 per cent of the public-sector workforce. The former has to compete to survive; the latter does not.
VOLUNTEER firefighters have told a state parliamentary inquiry that Victorians could face greater risks this summer if a government-backed CFA workplace deal is rammed through.Mr Barnett said a workplace agreement that diminished the ability for a chief officer to make decisions could see further problems in that area.
NatRoad has hit out at the "coordinated club" for unanimously opposing its application seeking exemption for its members from the NSW General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD) during a directions hearing at the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) last Friday.NatRoad says the interim determination, which relates to the scope and application of GCCD, will increase red tape and confusion within the industry that already has certain protections for smaller operators and contract carriers under the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Independent Contractors Act 2006.
The union is seeking a 4.5 per cent pay rise, each year for three years, but the State Government’s existing wage policy only allows for annual salary increases of 2.5 per cent. THE Queensland Teachers’ Union has urged members to reject the 2.5% and vote for strike action.
Owners and operators of pubs and bars across Australia are banding together and showing support for 55 workers who lost their jobs at Carlton & United Breweries. The workers were then offered their jobs back again under a Programmer, a different employer. However the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union claims that the pay offered is 65% lower after penalty rates and other entitlements, than the original pay for the positions.
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