Since 2013, the Coalition government has overseen the most dramatic fall in the number of workers in the private sector covered by collective agreements (a key mechanism for facilitating wage increases) since the introduction of enterprise bargaining in the 1990s. he report finds that since 2013 to June quarter 2018, the number of enterprise agreements (EAs) in the private sector has almost halved, and the number of EA-covered employees has dropped by 34 per cent, or 662,461 employees.
Fair Work Commission deputy president Val Gostencnik has decided he cannot approve a new workplace agreement for firefighters because of the restrictions it places on staff seeking flexible work.
The MUA had moved to take industrial action after Hutchison Ports sought to reform generous pay and conditions to control big losses, with ambit claims to cut redundancy, superannuation and long service leave to the legal minimum.
Wharfies earning up to $150,000 a year for working 33 hours a week will launch industrial action at Hutchison Ports Australia this week, condemning the loss-making stevedore’s bid to cut their pay and conditions. Employees also get 11 weeks off a year — five weeks’ annual leave and an extra rostered week off every eight weeks, up to 13 days’ sick leave, and 12 per cent superannuation. The company is seeking to reduce pay rates by 10 per cent followed by a 12-month wage freeze; reduce the superannuation contribution to 9.5 per cent; and cut sick leave, redundancy and long service entitlements.
MSF Sugar is threatening to replace its seasonal harvesting workforce with lower-paid contract labour, claiming an enterprise agreement covering workers at its Maryborough sugar factory has helped create a “burning platform” of higher costs and losses that has left it unable to compete with nearby companies with lower labour costs. The company’s general manager agriculture, Trevor Crook said the company wanted to pay the seasonal workers under individual contracts on above-award single-hourly rate that would see them earn on average $42,000.
Around one hundred coal miners at the Wongawilli mine near Wollongong, an industrial city south of Sydney, began seven-day strike action this morning. The workers are employed as casuals by CAS Mining, on behalf of Wollongong Coal. They are demanding a new enterprise agreement (EA) that guarantees job permanency and improved wages.
The full bench of the commission handed down a draft determination on Friday, ruling on every clause of the agreement covering employees at the Department of Home Affairs after the government and unions failed to come to an agreement after years of negotiations. The 185-page decision not only laid out how pay increases should be calculated and the allowances to stay or be scrapped, but also made comments on the conduct of the parties involved and the quality of the evidence given.
The Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union yesterday revealed workers at the Wollongong Coal-owned Wongawilli Colliery would strike for a week in a bid to pressure labour-hire firm CAS Mine Services to bring the pay of its workers into line with union members in nearby mines.
The Productivity Commission’s call for a new top-10 list of default funds to be determined by an expert panel every four years would end unions’ ability to influence default funds through industrial awards, while employers would also be unable to sign new starters on to preferred funds.
The Tasmanian Government has steadfastly stuck to its 2% increase after months of negotiations which has led to a bargaining stalemate. Options to address the pay issue impasse would likely require unions making the first move and most courses of action would have to involve the Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC).
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