the wake of its recently announced $1.6 billion record profit, Qantas’ attempt to link the payment of a $2000 ‘bonus’ to workers to the signing of new enterprise agreements has fallen flat across the Qantas workforce.
Giant retailer Woolworths is facing a legal challenge over its existing pay agreement with workers and a claim for $1 billion in backpay.
The action to terminate Woolworths' 2012 enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) has been launched by Woolworths worker, Loukas Kakogiannis and supported by his union, the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU). The negotiations on a new enterprise agreement have been going on for more than six months and are likely to move Woolworths workers away from state-based wage rates to national wage rates for the first time.
Wynyard Care Centre staff have accepted new pay and conditions from Sydney-based Synovum Care Group, after a four-year dispute.
Staff will vote on industrial action as unions resist federal government-owned Airservices Australia’s move to drop entitlements from a new enterprise agreement.
Victorian bus commuters have been handed a late reprieve, with more than 1000 drivers cancelling planned strikes after receiving a pay offer. Details of the pay offer were not made public.
Maintenance workers are threatening strikes and bans at hundreds of Defence sites across NSW and Queensland. A bid by Spotless Facility Service to force unions to give seven days’ notice of the strikes has been rejected by the Fair Work Commission
Victorian government has again intervened in the Bass Strait offshore oil and gas dispute, opposing Esso's bid to axe a workers' agreement and launching Federal Court action to have the workplace tribunal arbitrate bargaining claims.
Coles workers have received pay rises of as much as $150 a week after a substandard wage deal between the shop assistant’s union and supermarket giant was replaced.
Treasurer Peter Gutwein met with unions on Thursday, in relation to negotiations for the Nurses and Midwives Agreement 2018. Tasmania needed to retain current nurses and midwives and to be competitive in recruiting. This is and will become increasingly difficult when Tasmanian nurses and midwives receive a 2 per cent wage increase for the next three years, when all other states and territories have had increases up to 9 per cent over the last three years and their base salaries are up to $10,000 higher.”
Council workers at Cairns Regional Council the protected action would occur between tomorrow and Monday for varying periods for each union involved. The most recent offer to the unions comprises a 2.25 per cent wage increase from July 2017, a 2.5 per cent increase from July 2018 plus a $2500 lump sum payment, and further increases of 2 per cent or CPI each year for the next three years.
More than $44,000 has been recovered for 86 underpaid workers following a Fair Work Ombudsman probe that found 15 Degani bakery and cafe outlets in Victoria and Queensland were not complying with federal workplace laws.
Negotiations between Alcoa and Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) have been taking place for the past 18 months, however, both parties are yet to reach an agreement. Alcoa is seeking to establish an EBA that provides employees with competitive pay and conditions, allows us to manage our operations more efficiently and productively, and enables us to adapt quickly to changing market and operating conditions.
THE union body at the centre of an industrial dispute at Milton’s XXXX brewery can no longer blockade the site after it was ruled as being “capricious or unfair”.
Union members today plan to introduce work bans as the two-year dispute involving more than 3400 staff threatens to escalate. The dispute has escalated since early last year. The unions had sought 3.5 per cent in the first year to cover loss in wages during recent years. The Council has offered 1.8 per cent and an additional 0.5 per cent.
The Fair Work Commission will this month convene hearings into the long-running claim by the union to increase loadings paid to casual workers on Saturdays and after 6pm on weeknights. the claim aims to increase the Saturday loading for casual workers from 10 per cent to 50 per cent. This would incorporate a 25 per cent casual loading and a 25 per cent Saturday loading.
For work after 6pm on weekdays, the union is seeking a loading of 25 per cent — currently zero in the modern award — in addition to the 25 per cent casual loading workers now receive.
Unions are threatening strikes at BlueScope Steel, accusing the company of refusing to adequately compensate workers who endured a pay freeze and cuts to conditions to help the business return to bumper profits. the union said workers wanted a 10 per cent pay rise over the next three years to compensate for not receiving a wage increase for four years.
BlueScope is offering a 7.5 per cent pay rise over three years, a $1500 sign-on bonus once the agreement is approved, and a profit-share payment that includes a $4000 pre-payment ahead of next year’s profit results.
From the first full pay period on or after August 1, 2018, many workers will be able to apply for unpaid family and domestic violence leave.
The new leave entitlement comes after a recent Fair Work Commission decision, and applies to those covered by an industry or occupation award including casual employees. However, it doesn’t apply to workers who are covered by Enterprise awards, State reference public sector awards, enterprise and other registered agreements or those who work award and agreement free.
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