Jetstar has reached an enterprise agreement with the pilots. Jetstar pilots will get an increased base rate via rolling an existing biannual retention payment and provides additional hourly compensation for pilots who elect for certain efficiencies. The four-year agreement also included a pay freeze that expired in June last year and provides for four 3% annual increases from July 1.
Members of the Community and Public Sector Union at Bureau of Meteorology look set to vote for the actions which will also include work bans of up to 24 hours, a refusal to post on the bureau's Twitter feed and a ban on answering all non-essential media inquiries about the weather. In addition members of Electrical Trades Union and the AMWU and Professionals Australia are also looking to take industrial action in support of their pay negotiations. The enterprise agreement covering the bureau's 1700 workers expired nine months ago and they have had no pay rise since June 2013.
More than 15,000 Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support workers will launch a ten-day long protest over pay and work conditions, including co-ordinating break times so they are all off the job at the same time. Department of Agriculture biosecurity staff at airports, ports and regional centres across the country stops work at 10.30am for half an hour.
The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association has agreed to slash weekend penalty rates for the retail sector in a breakthrough deal in South Australia that could affect up to 40,000 workers and be replicated across the nation. It reduces penalty rates for Sundays from a 100% loading to 50%, cuts public holiday rates from 150% to 100%, and abolishes penalty rates on Saturdays and weekday evenings. In exchange, workers will receive a higher base wage than under the award, a guaranteed 3% annual pay rise, and an unprecedented right to refuse to work on Sundays and public holidays. It also gives permanent workers the right to every second weekend off.
An authorised protected action ballot of Agriculture staff conducted by the Community and Public Sector Union has secured an unequivocal vote of 95 per cent in favour of industrial action making the agency the tenth queued up on the runway to take strike action over coming months over deadlocked enterprise bargaining negotiations.
The Business Council of Australia has called for a fundamental redesign of the workplace relations system, including a single penalty rate one universal award, the content of awards would be limited to 10 clauses and enterprise agreements would be restricted to matters covering the employment relationship such as pay and leave.
Trade unions are going ahead with protected industrial action at Esso's Gippsland gas plants in south-east Victoria. The industrial action includes work stoppages and overtime bans. Esso have made application to the federal court.
Workers at the Teys Australia abattoir in Beenleigh, Queensland, remain in limbo as the company drags out legal proceedings about their enterprise agreement. Since September 2013, Teys workers have been paid under a sham agreement the meat workers’ union says wasn’t approved by a majority of workers.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and Master Builders Australia said the union had negotiated new workplace agreements with 150 to 200 companies that did not contain any trade-offs by the union.
Public servants have lodged a complaint with the International Labour Organisation asking it to investigate the NSW government's actions in denying them the right to collectively bargain for wage increases.
Wine industry bodies will use an upcoming review into Australia's industrial relations framework to push for a simpler, more flexible set of rules.
Port Hedland tugboat workers may give up some of the concessions they won just four months ago, amid fears tugboat operator Teekay may not have its contract to operate in the nation's biggest iron ore port renewed by BHP Billiton later this year. Despite striking a new four-year workplace agreement in November, Teekay and the tugboat unions are back in negotiations over workplace conditions in a bid to help the company retain its contract beyond its expiry around September.
Aurizon says it has not been notified of further union action, and is continuing bargaining negotiations with the RTBU and the AFULE on two outstanding workplace agreements in Queensland.
The Community and Public Sector Union now going back to the Industrial Relations Commission on behalf of civilian staff at the massive Department of Defence to seek a strike ballot. The dispute is about the preservation of conditions as well as increases.
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