TOOWOOMBA Regional Council has started enterprise bargaining negotiations with its staff. In December last year the council announced a 3.5% pay rise for staff. The agreement was implemented from November 14. The pay rise, described as an "interim agreement" by the Services Union, was the first since a 1.5% increase that the council agreed to "in good faith" in October 2015.
The Ride Share Drivers United said it had made complaints to the workplace watchdog and was preparing to forward the details of more than 60 drivers for investigation over whether they should be classified as casual employees. Uber drivers are classified as independent contractors who use the Uber application as a service to access customers and provide a 20 to 25 per cent commission per ride to Uber.
Cricket Australia pay negotiations with players edging towards a cliff with July 1 deadline looming
Union members at the Australian National University have launched a campaign against proposed changes to their working hours that could see them work into the evening without penalty rates.The conversation has broken down around a proposal to roster librarians on from 8am to 10pm, instead of until 6pm, and IT staff from 7am to 7pm, instead of from 8am to 6pm.
UGL was recently awarded a five-year maintenance contract for Esso's onshore facilities and offshore platforms in Bass Strait. But unions said workers were being told they had to sign up with UGL subsidiary MTCT Services at significantly lower wages, or risk losing their jobs.Unions have accused the company of undermining the Fair Work Act by removing the opportunity to bargain for a fair wages outcome for contractors.
It called on the government to ditch the hated 2.5 per cent cap on wage increases for NSW public servants. Employee-related expenses – wages, salaries and superannuation – are the NSW government's largest operating expense
The state Industrial Relations Commission increased minimum wage in Western Australia to $708.90 week on Wednesday, coming into effect on July 1.
The Fair Work Commission has found it “reasonably arguable” that Coles ought reasonably to have known a controversial pay deal could not satisfy the Fair Work Act’s better off overall test when the supermarket giant applied for its approval. A commission full bench yesterday ordered Coles to produce documents relating to its application for approval of the 2014 deal, which was later found to have left some employees worse off than the award.
A division of property giant Lendlease has overcome defiance from the construction union to secure approval of a revised workplace agreement that complies with the new national building code. The agreement that covers 112 civil construction workers employed by Lendlease Engineering in NSW. Mr Noonan said the union was deeply concerned the agreement was approved despite the adverse findings by the commissioner.
The Fair Work Commission has increased the minimum wage by 3.3 per cent, lifting weekly rates by $22.20 from July 1. The increase raises the minimum wage from $17.70 to $18.29 an hour or $694.90 a week and is substantially more than the 2.4 per cent or $15.80 a week increase granted last year. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, argued for a 1.2 per cent increase
Australia's biggest builders are in danger of being banned from federal government-funded construction work within 90 days because their union-friendly agreements are in breach of tough new procurement rules. Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is refusing to renegotiate hundreds of workplace deals that do not comply with the government's building code.
The Fair Work Commission announced this afternoon that penalty rates cuts for Sunday workers in the retail, hospitality, pharmacy and fast food sectors will start on July 1 but not be fully implemented until 2019 or 2020, depending on the industry.
The Socialist Equality Party recently held a teachers’ forum in Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city, to discuss the regressive agreement negotiated between the Australian Education Union (AEU) and Victorian state Labor government. The deal, which is being put to teachers and education support staff in a secret ballot between June 13 and 20, will exacerbate the crisis in public schools. The government are awaiting the outcome of the ballot.
Declining union density has contributed to a large fall in the proportion of workers covered by collective agreements, new research presented to the Fair Work Commission has found. Alana Matheson, the deputy director of workplace relations at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said a worry proportion of employers are not willing to take the risk of participating in an unreliable bargaining system, employers are increasingly finding the procedural requirements for enterprise agreements too difficult. There are too many points where a minor procedural error can derail the entire agreement, even if employers and employees have reached agreement on its terms.”
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