The Fair Work Commission has announced a new national minimum wage of $740.80 per week or $19.49 per hour after a review by its expert panel. The 3% increase is lower than last year’s decision by the commission to increase the minimum wage by 3.5%.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions was advocating for a 6% increase of an additional $43 per week. This increase will be applicable from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2019.
The Industrial Relations Minister of Victoria, Tim Pallas has told unions the government wants to keep annual pay rises in new enterprise agreements at 2 to 2.5 per cent.
Two unions, the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees and the Rail Tram and Bus Union have told Aurizon their members will take protected industrial action. It follows week-long overtime bans imposed by the unions unimpressed by ongoing Bulk Enterprise Agreement negotiations.
Staff at the University of Canberra have won concessions over workloads and pay increases in a new enterprise agreement struck with management. About 51 per cent of eligible staff voted and 77 per cent of them were in favour of the agreement. Annual salary increases will be at least 1.75 per cent, even if the consumer price index falls below that figure and in the event of a higher CPI, will be adjusted upwards. National Tertiary Education Union ACT division secretary Rachael Bahl said the 2019 increase is 1.9 per cent and in 2020 it would be 1.8 per cent.
The Transport Workers Union is threatening to unleash "industrial chaos" through co-ordinated strikes in pursuit of a bigger share of profits from retailers and airlines while negotiating 200 enterprise agreements set to expire next year.
Queensland Corrective Services has taken the Together Union to the Queensland Industrial Relations Court five times to stop officers walking out of jail to strike in the past two weeks. Negotiations on enterprise bargaining have stalled after the government offered a 2.5 per cent pay rise and an “operational staffing” model which officers say is dangerous and could lead to jail breaks as absent officer posts are not filled.
Relief teachers have criticised the Australian Education Unions Tasmania's endorsement of a wages deal which would see their pay decreased by 30 per cent. The new deal includes a reduction in relief teacher loading from 82 per cent to 30 per cent. There will be an increased loading of 50 per cent for schools that can demonstrate an inability to attract teachers.
Australian McDonald's workers will get a payrise after the fast food giant agreed to pay weekend penalty rates.
The teachers' union is set to be the first public sector union to end the year-long stalemate with the Tasmanian Government over pay and conditions, with both sides claiming victory. In the first year, all teachers will receive a 0.5-per-cent cash payment. Teachers included in the new salary increment will receive a 2.5-per-cent pay increase, while the remaining teachers will receive a 2-per-cent pay rise. In the second year of the agreement, every teacher will receive a 2.5-per-cent pay increase. In the third year, every teacher will receive a 2.5-per-cent pay rise and teachers in the new pay increment will also get a 0.5-per-cent cash payment.
Nurses and midwifes have again undertaken industrial action holding a stop-work rally on Parliament Lawns in Hobart demanding an improved wages and conditions package. The new offer made to the AEU, if supported by its members, will provide public school teachers with a minimum pay rise of 7.5 per cent over three years, with the majority of members receiving an 8.5 per cent pay increase.
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