Retail and hospitality workers will conduct a doorknocking campaign on the issue of penalty rates ahead of the federal election. The independent Fair Work Commission reviewed penalty rates and then decided to cut them, with the first round taking place in July 2017.
Academics and staff at Melbourne’s Monash University walked off the job for four hours on Wednesday morning in a dispute over a proposed enterprise agreement. Negotiations began in November 2017 and reached a deadlock over the casualisation of the academic workforce and a proposal to increase ordinary work hours to 8pm.
Public teachers across Tasmania will walk off the job next week amid a bitter public sector pay and conditions dispute with the state government. The AEU has asked for a three per cent pay rise, a cap on class sizes and more in-class support and professional development.
SOME Cassowary Coast Regional Council workers will begin industrial action on Wednesday after pay negotiations between the council and unions failed to reach a satisfactory result. The union is seeking a one-off increase of $2400 to members’ base pay at sign-on, then 3 per cent increase for the first year and 2.5 per cent in future years.
Bus drivers in Tasmania’s capital Hobart walked off the job for four hours on Thursday morning to demand a pay rise. Metro Tasmania, the state-owned transport provider offered a 2 percent pay increase which was rejected.
THREE major enterprise bargaining agreements being negotiated by Queensland’s Together Union have been referred to arbitration. It comes after the union’s dogged push for a 3.5 per cent wage increase was rejected by the Queensland government.
Fair Work Commission made a decision on 31 December 2018 that has an Australian-wide impact on enterprise bargaining voting rights for casual employees. casual employees should be treated as commencing and finishing employment on each particular day of work, therefore, if a casual employee is not working during the time of an enterprise bargaining vote, the employee is not entitled to vote on the agreement.
Workers at Port Kembla Coal Terminal have been negotiating for a new agreement since 2015 and facing termination of their existing agreement since March 2018. Union members have agreed to significant changes to the existing EBA – however they are standing firm against attempts by management to replace permanent jobs with insecure contractor roles.
About 1800 wharfies at DP World’s operations across the country will embark on industrial action, including strikes and indefinite work bans, from next week over the stevedore’s decision to cancel a union-backed income protection scheme. The Company has rejected the union’s claim for annual five per cent pay rises over the next three years plus income protection and has offered to rollover the existing agreements and a 2.6 per cent pay rise.
One of WA’s biggest unions is demanding a 4.5 per cent pay rise for its members, despite the State Government saying it won’t break its $1000-a-year pay-rise cap for public servants. The Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association this week revealed it was seeking a 2 per cent pay rise for its 38,000 members for 2019-20 and a further 2.5 per cent the following year.
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