The Fair Work Ombudsman has conducted three separate raids on 7-Eleven in the past six years and its findings of persistent and systemic nature of the underpayment of wages and breaches of the awards are getting worse. An internal review of 225 stores by 7-Eleven head office between July and August found more than two-thirds of stores had payroll compliance issues. Some were repeat findings.
StarTrack and the TWU have finalised negotiations and agreed on the new award. The award includes 3%pa wage increase, $500 sign on bonus, and back pay to 1st July 2015.
Hutchison Ports Australia and the Maritime Union of Australia agreed Friday to return to the negotiating table, preventing a looming court action and paving the way to an end of a bitter fight over layoffs at Hutchinson’s Brisbane and Sydney terminals. While the maritime union has stepped back from the pickets, other unionists continued to support the sacked workers, disrupting receive and delivery.
Members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union voted to take industrial action against Essential Water at Broken Hill in a postal ballot this month, and overtime and paperwork bans were set to be introduced on Friday. Essential Water had stated it would not continue negotiating with the union while industrial action was being threatened, but both sides attended a Fair Work Commission hearing on Monday and will resume negotiating in September.
Controversial individual contracts for Queensland doctors will be scrapped and replaced with awards after the Queensland Government reached an agreement with key unions. Final details of the award are yet to be finalised it will include a 2.5 per cent pay rise each year for three years, motor vehicle allowance and improved professional development allowances for junior doctors.
ASU bargaining representatives have reached agreement with Rex Airlines management for an EBA to replace the 2013 Agreement. Wages will be increased by 2.5% each year over the life of the EBA, Profit Share with a 2% floor or a share gift, back pay to the nominal EBA commencement date of 1 July 2015
The ACTU is pursuing its claim before the Fair Work Commission for 10 days paid domestic violence leave to be a workplace right for all workers who suffer the abuse.
The spectre of strike action hangs over Australia's elite football competitions after an explosive day in which tension over stalled Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations between the game's governing body and its players union began to boil over.
Over the past two seasons alone there's $1.4 million in unpaid wages to players in the league. FIFPro, a worldwide organisation that represents more than 65,000 professional footballers has lent its support to the Professional Footballers Australia.
Metro and Yarra Trams staff who are RTBU members have flagged potential industrial on the 21/8/2015.
The RTBU are demanding an 18 per cent pay rise over three years. Metro’s offer is understood to be 10 per cent over four years. Metro has cancelled talks with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union over a new three-year pay deal and appealed to the industrial umpire to ban Friday's planned public transport strike.
RTBU has also notified Yarra Trams of a one-week ban on overtime from September 6 to 12 and another four-hour tram stoppage between 10am and 2pm, on September 10.
The Australian Taxation Office pay deal will be front-loaded, with a 2.5 per cent pay rise paid on commencement, in a bid to win support among a workforce that has not had a pay rise in more than two years. The ATO has said it can save $184 million from reducing sickies among its public servants, having them work longer hours will be used to offset a wage offer of 4.5 per cent over three years. the Community and Public Sector Union and Australian Service Union will oppose the deal.
The Minerals Council of Australia wants awards replaced with a safety net system of minimum standards, without a special role for unions. Better outcomes can be achieved by reducing entrenchment of insiders and ensuring that union officials feel the heat from their members and are incentivised to serve the interests of those members." Another option is to "remove special union rights and preferences in a bargaining context, with equal footing given to alternative bargaining agents". Removal of "entrenched union rights in relation to governance of superannuation funds" should also be considered. Australia could look to New Zealand, where changes in the 1990s put collective and individual bargaining on a similar footing, the paper says.
- Work bans imposed by cleaners, orderlies, catering and sterilisation staff at the Royal Perth Hospital have been extended to include the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Fremantle Hospital. United Voice (UV). Enterprise bargaining negotiations with the Western Australian government have stalled over three key issues. Workers want better job security for casual employees and a $50-a-week wage increase to keep up with the high cost of living in Western Australia.
- 200 outdoor employees at Liverpool Council, in Sydney’s south-west voted to extend their unprotected strike for another 24 hours. Members of the United Services Union (USU) walked out on July 30 to protest the outsourcing of 12 cleaners’ jobs. The USU agrees with the council’s call to reduce costs and has offered to “identify efficiencies that would see the maintenance of council employed cleaners.”
- Australian Nurses and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members at Cabrini Health hospitals and clinics have rejected the last offer of a two percent wage increase, back dated to October 2014 plus 2.5 percent annual increases in 2015 and 2016 and have applied to the Fair Work Commission to hold a ballot for protected industrial action in a dispute for a new enterprise agreement.
In its draft report proposing a series of changes to the industrial relations regime, the Productivity Commission warns that pattern bargaining can be used unfairly by a party with excessive leverage. It also says it can reduce competition in the marketplace. But Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris yesterday said pattern bargaining could also be useful. He said there was not much difference between “what is alleged to be an evil pattern bargain and the standard arrangement that might be used by an employer association or a union”. The commission’s report says pattern bargaining may “reduce the costs of negotiating enterprise agreements” and “reduce project risk” if they take the form of identical agreements forged on major projects.
The Australian Service Union and Australia Air Express EBA was approved by the Fair Work Commission on 29 July 2015 and so comes into operation on 5 August 2015.
The Productivity Commission's draft report into penalty rates made several recommendations, including allowing employees to take public holidays at a different time with full penalty rates and negotiate for more annual leave in lieu of pay rises as well as to alter Sunday penalty rates for hospitality, entertainment and retailer workers, to the same level as Saturday. The unions intend to use Queensland as the he chief battle ground in the war against penalty rate changes.
Border guards and customs officers at the international airports of Australia will hold a strike on Monday to protest against the government’s policies regarding payment of wages. Australian Workers Union calling on the government to abandon plans for a significant reduction in their wages through the cancellation of the compensation paid for working overtime and for extra shifts. As a result, customs officers and border guards at the airports may lose up to $8,000 per year.
The majority of employees at the Beenleigh plant voted in 2013 to accept a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) that provided higher wages and annual bonuses. the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIUE) appealed against the deal, taking the battle to the Federal Court and their final ruling on Friday means the EBA that provided higher wages and bonuses is void, and the employees revert to the 2010 EBA.
Teys Australia says that in 2014 the new Teys’ EBA saw around 500 employees receive an average bonus of $4500. However, it says similar bonuses for 2015 will now be lost, along with scheduled wage increases over the next two years and see the hourly rates reduce by approximately 12%. He said a new plan to secure wage rises and bonuses would soon be announced.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union together with the Electrical Trades Union and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, launched a six-figure advertising blitz on Monday encouraging more than 2500 workers to vote in favour of potential industrial action. They are press for an industry-first construction roster of 20 days on, 10 days off. Workers have been offered four separate deals, including cutting the roster to 23 days on, nine days off, which was rejected. The wage offer is 3% per annum.
The ExxonMobil affiliate this week began imposing daily lockouts on more than 200 maintenance workers from its Longford and Long Island Point oil and gas plants and offshore platforms, a decision it says was due to "indefinite, prolonged and sporadic" industrial action being taken by trade union members. The stalled negotiations are around the Companies requirement to move from a 7:7 roster to a 14:14 roster.
The Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, have threatened potential work stoppages of up to 24 hours as they have blocked the adoption of a new enterprise agreement as they seek shorter roster cycles for the fly-in, fly out workforce.
Approval has been obtained from the Fair work Commission. Currently construction workers on Barrow Island work 26 days on, 9 days off. Unions are insisting on 20 days on, 10 off.
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