The ATO says the offer, of a 3 per cent up-front pay rise, followed by a 2 per cent increase 12 months later and a 1 per cent pay rise in its third year, maintains many of the conditions and entitlements that have been the key sticking points in the agency's marathon industrial dispute. Rank-and-file ATO public servants have not had a scheduled pay rise since June 2013
Fair Work Building and Construction is seeking a Federal Court injunction against the construction union and seven officials to try to stop a month-long series of strikes in Brisbane at nine sites run by Queensland firm Hutchinson Builders. According to court statements filed by FWBC lawyers, union officials said the action was aimed at Hutchinson in protest at the company not consulting with the CFMEU and employing “non-EBA subcontractors”.
International passengers arriving in Australia between September 26 and October 9 may have to wait for more than the usual time for services and clearance as employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection plan to go on a two-week nationwide strike of intermittent rolling strikes of half-hour stoppages at international airports. For almost three years, DIBP and ABF staff have been in dispute over pay and conditions
More than 800 workers at the Department of Parliamentary Services, who have been waiting since 2014 for a new enterprise agreement, were told on Monday that the government was going back to the drawing board on the bargaining process. This can after the Uniline decision of the Federal Court which found a failure to comply with a key technical requirement will render the whole bargaining process null and void. News of the bargaining collapse comes as unions representing some of the 80-strong Parliament House maintenance workforce are going through the Fair Work process for protected industrial action, saying the deal they have been offered by Parliamentary Services cuts their take-home pay by more than 17 per cent, a claim rejected by the department
BHP Billiton is demanding that the majority of its Queensland coal miners accept a three-year wage freeze in a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA). The agreement is set to cover three of BMA’s mines—at Saraji, Goonyella and Peak Downs—in Queensland’s Bowen Basin region. In addition to the wage freeze, BMA is reportedly demanding an overhaul of conditions. These include a change to the calibration of superannuation payments that could cost workers up to $4,000 a year and the doubling of rents on company-provided dwellings to $160 a week. Productivity bonuses are to be slashed
About 110 cooks and catering staff will be made redundant this week after Esso awarded a Bass Strait contract to a new supplier, ESS, who will employ workers on a non-union agreement. Australian Workers Union Victoria said yesterday ESS would, on average, pay new staff about $105,000 annually compared with $150,000 a year paid to staff by the former contractor, Sodexo
Sweetheart deals, union labour “cartels” and archaic work practices have made Australian construction costs almost double those in the US with “industrial relations premium” of up to 35 per cent being built into contracts for excessive labour costs and the factored-in cost of industrial disruption
Fair Work Commission has delayed its decision on whether to cut Sunday penalty rates until at least December. It has called for further evidence from employers pushing for penalty rate cuts, with a special hearing to be held late this month
Federal government agencies have been hit with public sector notices of industrial action on more than 330 days in 12 months, including weekends. About 100,000 of about 150,000 public sector workers remain without new agreements. Government agencies had received notifications for union members to engage in 2330 separate protected industrial action activities, ranging from strikes to employees attaching union messages to work emails, between last October 2015 and September 30, 2016. From July 2015 to September 2016, agencies have received notifications for union members to engage in 917 separate protected industrial action activities. On the 9th September thousands of federal public sector workers participated in a 24-hour strike called by the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). The industrial action was part of an ongoing dispute over wages and conditions that has left 100,000 public sector workers without an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, or wage rise, for almost three years
Thousands of union members have rallied in Melbourne in support of 55 sacked Carlton & United Breweries maintenance workers who refused to reapply for their positions with a new contractor offering reduced pay and conditions. The workers claim CUB is gaming the Fair Work Act by trying to employ them via a new labour hire firm on a vastly inferior enterprise agreement
The Australian Border Force (ABF) said in a statement that some of its staff members plan to strike due to a revised pay offer which is yet to be approved. The strike will only include employees who are members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU)
Ms Nolan resigned as chief executive of the CFA after refusing to sign the proposed enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) that has been backed by the Andrews Government. The industrial dispute has centred on a number of contentious clauses, including a requirement to consult with the United Firefighters Union. In addition the proposed EBA would require consultation and agreement with the union, and would hamper the CFA's ability to make strong decisions
The Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO’s) New South Wales branch has filed evidence at the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to support its argument against the proposed standard minimum rates under the General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD). The employer body argues that TWU’s demand for standard minimum hourly and kilometre rates will have a negative impact on operators, owing to freight imbalance in metropolitan and regional transport
The Australian Council of Trade Unions released this week a survey of hundreds of workers aged 18 to 24 that it says paints a "disturbing picture of youth employment". The results showed that many young working people have major concerns, including being treated badly by management, no access to training or development, and issues with getting regular work and payment of the right wages, penalty rates, and super.
The small-business lobby has called for a Senate inquiry into controversial pay deals between major retailers and the shop assistants union, as the union conceded wage agreements with KFC and Hungry Jack’s would no longer get the approval of the Fair Work Commission. The big companies were being given an advantage over small retailers who were often forced to close on Sundays because they could not afford to pay penalty rates that existed under the industry award
Members of the small business community have welcomed a move by the Queensland Government to review the state’s confusing retail trading hours. Minister Grace Grace believes the current trading hours do not meet community expectations, particularly when it comes to Easter Sunday.
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