New analysis from the Australian Retailers Association shows Labor’s pledge to reverse cuts to Sunday penalty rates within the first 100 days would mean employers would suffer a triple wage hit when combined with minimum wage increases and further rises in award rates for evenings and Saturdays in the retail industry
Business and industry groups are warning Bill Shorten that his plan to directly fund a 20 per cent wage rise for childcare workers will trigger more union claims for pay rises to be financed from government revenues and higher taxes.
A union is flagging an industrial relation stoush with the state government after the Andrews Government released a wage policy pay rise cap of two per cent a year.
The Australian Municipal, Administrative Clerical and Services Union and Queensland Together went to the Fair Work Commission to ask for workers in the premium lounge entry (PLE) to be paid at level four rates instead of level three. They argued that workers who check in guests at Qantas’s premium lounge entry at Brisbane Airport should be paid more because they wear a smarter uniform and provide a greater level of customer service.
The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia has suspended its ongoing industrial action against Telstra as the telco once again looks to negotiate terms.
The move is set to put the union on a collision course with the Andrews Government’s latest wages policy, which capped public servant pay rises at 2 per cent. V/Line staff are covered under the policy but the RTBU will push for all staff at Metro, Yarra Trams and the regional rail provider to receive the same 6 per cent increase.
AFTER more than a year of pay negotiations between the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and union representatives, things may be moving forward after a recent meeting with an industrial relations commissioner. Council employees will vote on the proposed agreement in the coming weeks.
Labor is preparing to “maximise its chances” of getting the reversal of penalty rate cuts through the Senate before June 30 if it wins the election with a quick resumption of parliament to consider some of its industrial relations reforms.
The Fair Work Commission has voted in favour of an Australian Workers Union (AWU) appeal against the body's previous decision to terminate the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) as supported by Alcoa of Australia. The mining giant and union have been bargaining over the latest agreement since they first met to discuss the, now contentious issue, on December 21, 2016.
The FWO’s website created uncertainty earlier this year after an article stated optometry practice staff - including those in administration, sales and optical dispensing positions - should be classified and remunerated under the Health Professionals and Support Staff Award 2010 (HP&SS Award). This was problematic, according to OA, because most, if not all, its members have applied the General Retail Award 2010 to support staff. While pay rates are similar between the two Awards classifications, differing entitlements and penalties may affect OA’s members.
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