About 1600 workers from Alcoa’s Pinjarra, Kwinana, Wagerup, Huntly and Willowdale facilities have been on strike for 53 days. Alcoa had previously moved to terminate the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement of striking Australian Workers’ Union employees, with the Fair Work Commission. Further negotiations between Alcoa and the Australian Workers’ Union have led to concessions from the multinational company, with striking workers to vote on a revised Enterprise Bargaining Agreement next month. Alcoa managing director Michael Parker said the latest revised EBA would ensure employees were not made forcibly redundant by outsourcing their work or replacing them with limited-term or casual employees. Workers at Alcoa's Western Australian operations have voted to back a new enterprise bargaining agreement, ending a strike that has lasted 53 days.
A full bench headed by Fair Work president Justice Iain Ross raised Saturday rates to 150 per cent from 135 per cent in a decision late on Thursday after finding there was an anomaly in casuals' penalties when compared with permanent employees. The award increases, which also raise rates for work after 6pm and before 5am, will affect more than 350,000 casuals as soon as November 1, when rates go up 5 per cent, with a full phase-in by March 2020. The ruling is from a case brought by the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)
Employers have applied to the Fair Work Commission to create a new “perma-flexi” employee category across highly casualised industries, in a bid to circumvent a precedent-setting court ruling they fear could cost business billions of dollars. Under the proposal employers would be able to convert a regularly rostered casual into a perma-flexi employee who would be paid leave entitlements, including annual and sick leave but the 25 per cent loading paid to casuals would be cut to 10 per cent
400 casual workers will share $5 million in backpay after EnergyAustralia decided against pursuing High Court action over a Fair Work ruling that the maintenance workers at Victoria’s Yallourn power station be paid casual loading rates on overtime.
The airline will not have to pay years of back pay to the five employees after three Federal Court justices ruled that the job the workers were doing was not complicated enough to warrant a higher level of pay.
The pay deal between the consortium appointed to build the West Gate Tunnel and Metro Tunnel and the constructions unions is close to being finalised, however negotiations are still ongoing. The site allowances are to be set at $8.90 per hour for the West Gate project and $9.20 per hour for the Metro Tunnel project, meaning workers would receive thousands of dollars extra a year.
MORE than half of 220 workers employed by Qantas in Tasmania have signed a petition calling on the airline to reverse a decision that links the payment of a $2000 “bonus” to the signing of a new enterprise agreement.
About 60 staffers took strike action today, staging a protest at Viney Park near the Coomera State School.
The new procurement package would force companies tendering for ACT government work to undergo an audit to prove they paid their workers correctly, and comply with a local jobs code which could compel them to give union membership forms to new starters.
Employers could be on the hook for up to $8 billion in back pay as a result of a major court precedent that allows "regular" casuals to claim annual leave benefits, according to a new analysis. The estimated cost shock, which affects between 1.6 million and 2.2 million casuals across the economy, comes as the company at the centre of the court ruling, WorkPac, has decided not to pursue a much-anticipated High Court challenge.
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