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.
In its original submission to the review, the business group argued the minimum wage should be lifted by two per cent this year, marking an increase of about $14.40 per week to the current level of $719.20. The Australian Council of Trade Unions called in its submission for an increase of six per cent, equivalent to a weekly increase of $43.
Public hospital doctors are set to challenge the McGowan Government’s wages policy, pushing for a pay increase reportedly well above the $1000 a year cap. The Australian Medical Association recently started negotiations on the next three-year agreement for hospital doctors its proposed pay rises are in the order of 2.5 per cent a year.
The Communications Workers Union notified the telecommunications giant of 24-hours protected industrial action this Wednesday to protest the telco's 1.5 per cent pay offer and is urging workers to use the stoppage to attend the ACTU rally held in Melbourne that day as well as Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.
The head of WA’s powerful police union says it has had enough of the State Government putting the Budget ahead of its members as it gears up for pay negotiations this year.
A bitter industrial dispute characterised by strikes and lockouts of workers at the Port Kembla Coal Terminal has been resolved, after the employer agreed not to sack permanent blue-collar employees and replace them with contractors. But the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union has struck a compromise over workers who are not in trades or operator positions at the terminal, agreeing they could be replaced by contractors provided the company takes reasonable steps to redeploy the displaced employees.
Professional Footballers Australia chief John Didulica says there is a gap of hundreds of millions of dollars between the prize pools on offer for the men’s and women’s tournaments, and flagged potential legal action to redress the balance.
Sluggish wage growth in Australia has little to do with dwindling trade union membership, RBA research has found. We find that changing unionisation patterns are unlikely to account for much of the recent low wages growth,” they reported in an RBA research paper released on Thursday.
Crew members on the Manly Fast Ferries service between Circular Quay and Manly Harbour went on strike on April 3 for the second time as part of their ongoing campaign for improved wages and conditions. The workers are demanding a 38-hour work week, annual and sick leave, permanency of employment and proper pay loadings for casual work.
Dockworkers belonging to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) called off their industrial action against DP World Australia after the two parties agreed to return to the negotiating table to thrash out a new agreement on pay and working conditions
The Fair Work Commission has thrown out Noni B's new enterprise agreement because the retail union refused to sign it, despite a majority of workers voting for the deal.
After six years of review the Fair Work Commission is expected to soon hand down its ruling on a case relating to the modern graphic arts award and clear up confusion over linkages between wage rates, classifications and competency standards.
The Tasmanian government last week met with the unions representing teachers, nurses, midwives, firefighters, and prison employees and offered a seven per cent pay rise over three years. The new offer included a two per cent increase in the first year, and 2.5 per cent in the second and third. This has been rejected by the unions who are demanding a 9 % increase.
STOP work action by public school teachers will go ahead after the Australian Education Union’s state executive rejected a revised Tasmanian Government pay offer of a 7 per cent pay increase over three years. The union is seeking a 9 per cent increase.
The Australian Industry Group’s submission to this year’s Annual Wage Review argues that a modest wage increase of two per cent is warranted. This equates to an increase of about $14.40 per week in the National Minimum Wage and about $16.75 per week at the base trade level
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