Murdoch University has won the right to tear up its long-standing enterprise agreement with its academic and general staff. After more than a year of discussions and correspondence, including 28 negotiation meetings, only 13 of the 53 matters being discussed – less than a quarter – have been agreed
The Department of Employment found unions had 55 agreements with large companies in the fast-food, retail, hospitality and pharmacy sectors that removed or cut Sunday penalty rates but paid an above-award rate for ordinary hours worked.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has struck a new precedent-setting deal with major builder Hansen Yuncken to comply with the Turnbull government's building code, with pay rises equivalent to 20 per cent over four years.
More than 600 Victorian pathology workers have been on an indefinite strike this month amid a dispute over pay and conditions. Victorian Industrial Relations Minister Natalie Hutchins has announced the government was making an urgent application to the Fair Work Commission to terminate the strike.
Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE:ATW) announced today that the offshore employees of its Australian operating subsidiary have approved a new four year Enterprise Bargaining Agreement ("EBA"). Among other provisions, the EBA provides clarity on working conditions for Atwood Oceanics' Australian offshore employees and resets wage levels to better align with current offshore drilling industry market conditions. The EBA will take effect upon the expiry of the nominal term of the current EBA on 24 November 2017
Multi-national giant Unilever which owns iconic Streets brands including Magnum, Paddle Pop and Golden Gaytime, has applied to the Fair Work Commission to terminate an enterprise agreement at its Minto plant in western Sydney. If successful then employees will revert to the main award.
Now, it is a criminal offence to give, receive, offer or solicit any benefit to corrupt a union official. All financial transactions, except clearly legitimate ones made at true market value, are outlawed. All windfalls to unions, employer associations and employers that arise from enterprise agreements must be disclosed to employees before voting on the agreement.
The shop assistants union has moved to terminate a controversial wage agreement with Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, admitting that the “deficient” deal had left some employees without penalty rates and paid below the award safety net.
7000 NSW school cleaners are worried they will be short-changed for the number of hours they work under proposals to pay them according to the size of the space they clean.
The Fair Work Commission yesterday rejected an appeal by the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union over the approval of the deal reached by Lendlease Engineering in NSW.
The EAs at the sites have expired, some a numbers of years ago, and negotiations to date have not proved successful. Glencore had signed an agreement with the new owners of Hunter Valley Operations (HVO), Yancoal Australia, to form a joint venture and for Glencore to manage the mine. Glencore wants modern, flexible and streamlined EAs that reflect the realities of today’s work environment. Agreements that focus on unrestricted use of every employee’s experience, skills and capabilities. Agreements that develop our people and position our business in a competitive world market.
The NSW Government has decided to introduce legislation to allow Boxing Day trading in response to a two-year trial of trading in regional areas, including Newcastle and Wollongong.
The NRL’s latest offer of $9.2m includes $300,000 for long-serving players and a $100,000 motor vehicle allowance. In their proposal to the NRL, the RLPA asked that both those amounts be removed from the cap and be made available as a discretionary spend to each club. The RLPA is also opposed to the NRL’s push to have a $400,000 integrity fund included in the cap. The salary cap figure is yet to be agreed upon, with negotiations still ongoing to determine what that number will be
The deal at Marion Council would result in 38-hours being squeezed into four days, and would replace the traditional once a fortnight or monthly “rostered day off.” The deal that also granted a generous 9 per cent pay rise over three years.
Union members at Wangaratta Council have voted to support strike action if a new pay deal cannot be agreed to soon. The council has offered a 1.5 per cent pay rise
The cricket pay dispute was resolved. Cricket Australia conceded to the continuation of the contentious revenue share model, albeit with significant changes, in a heads of agreement signed on Thursday morning. And also includes the minimum national male retainer would lift from $270,000 now to $313,004 by the end of this new deal - a 16 per cent increase, female player payments will increase from $7.5m to $55.2m.
GOLD Coast City Council plumbers have been warned they are not permitted to strike under industrial relations laws as they did not correctly apply to strike. Outdoor workers warned last week they would be enforcing work bans, including failing to clean public toilets, after pay negotiations broke down. The AWU had described the council’s wage offer of 1.8 per cent and an additional 0.5 per cent as “insulting” after it sought 3.5 per cent in the first year to cover loss in wages during recent years.
About a dozen Wynyard Care Centre staff went on strike on Thursday for the second time this year over their expired work agreement. Staff are covered by a workplace agreement which expired in 2013.
The Services Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, the Electrical Trade Union, Professionals Australia, the Plumbers' Union, the Australian Workers Union, the CFMEU, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union and the Transport Workers Union are all involved in the council's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiations and fighting for improvements to safety and working conditions. More EBA talks would be held between the council and the unions on 10th August.
Negotiations over the working conditions of Devonport City Council staff have gone back to square one following an impasse over the deal offered by management. ASU members would reconvene and meet with management on August 24.
The Oaky North agreement expired back in 2015 and more than 20 meetings between management and the CFMEU have served only to entrench differences over pay and conditions. The Oaky North miners started protected industrial action back in May and a month later management responded with a weekend lockout that had the pay of rostered workers docked. Miners at Glencore's Oaky North operation have been locked out for a third time in two months as management at Australia's biggest coal miner digs its heels in over union attempts to recover control over how and when contract and casual workers might be deployed.
Bus drivers in Brissy are set to strike this Wednesday for the fourth time in just over a fortnight in the midst of ongoing enterprise bargaining negotiations with Brisbane City Council. The Union’s requests to council include input into rostering schedules to prevent driver fatigue and a fat 3.5% pay increase, above the council’s offer of 2.5%.
The gas plant is under siege due to a business decision by ExxonMobil to change a maintenance contractor to UGL. The work won by UGL is a five-year maintenance contract, meaning five years of employment for local Gippsland workers; and the base rate of pay offered by UGL is high — offshore workers will earn in excess of $180,000 per year for 22 weeks’ work, for a base trade position, the same level as oil and gas workers at other operations right across Australia. The enterprise agreement was independently checked by the Fair Work Commission against bargaining the laws, and found to be acceptable.
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