Pharmacists employed at National Pharmacies outlets across Victoria and South Australia say they are imposing work bans from December 24. National Pharmacies are currently on a workplace agreement which has penalty rates which are a variation on the award, and so National Pharmacies' position is to bring them into line with the award. The union says its members would receive $450 for the same shift under the National Pharmacies proposal, a cut of $120.
The Productivity Commission is expected to call for an overhaul of penalty rates in a final report into workplace relations due today. The report is expected to recommend bringing Sunday penalty rates in some industries in line with time-and-a-half paid on Saturdays, reducing the overall pay. This would include those in the entertainment, hospitality and retail industry, but not other workers, including emergency workers such as paramedics. Unions and the Federal Opposition are gearing up for a fight over the issue.
A full-time adult public servant earned $81,114.80 a year compared with a private-sector average of $74,152, according to the report by the conservative Institute of Public Affairs think tank, which also scrutinised lump-sum payments in six public-sector agreements that boosted salaries by an average of $2420 per employee.
Victoria's 30,000 public servants will receive a 13 per cent pay rise over the next four years under an in-principle agreement struck with the Andrews government. The deal, reached after negotiations with the state's Community and Public Sector Union, also includes additional pay rises linked to productivity improvements and 20 days' paid domestic violence leave.
The CFMEU and the Town Employees Union members at Essential Water in Broken Hill are due to go on strike on 17/12, with more stoppages to follow next week. The dispute with the water provider has been going on for almost three years, and has come down to a disagreement over redundancy entitlements with Essential wanting to cap payouts at 52 weeks, with an option for a further 13 weeks., with Essential wanting them tightened.
The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission decision will allow Major chains and retailers in regional Queensland to operate on the December 28 public holiday if they so wish.
More than 500 Australian Border Force (ABF) workers will begin another round of work bans on December 7 in a dispute with the federal Liberal-National government over a new enterprise agreement.
Enterprise agreement negotiations covering 118 federal public servants’ agreements have been underway since March 2014. Only 4 percent of workers have accepted proposed agreements, leaving close to 150,000 without agreements and their wages frozen. The CPSU and other unions have reduced their original pay demand from 4 percent annual pay increases for three years to between 2.5 and 3 percent with no loss of conditions.
The 40 cleaners, who work for Limro Cleaning Services, want their current $21.10 hourly rate increased to $22.90 and have decided to go on strike as from the 7/12/2015 for a week in support of their claims.
Public servants at the Department of Human Services remain in dispute with the government 18 months after the expiration of an enterprise agreement. The cost to workers at Human Services arising from industrial action — from $2600 to $5700 — provides a snapshot of the overall situation, with a further 143 agencies still to reach agreement. The CPSU rejected an initial offer at Human Services for a 4.5 per cent pay rise over three years and continues to campaign against the government’s revised bargaining framework that allows for a maximum increase of 6 per cent over three years.
Families SA workers will place district centres into lockdown on a rolling basis from 7/12/2015 amid warnings staff shortages are putting children at dire risk. Social workers and operational staff will refuse to participate in non-essential activities but will still respond to abuse notifications. The Department for Education and Child Development says it has referred the matter to the Industrial Relations Commission.
Professionals Australia, a trade union representing 120 of members at Alcatel-Lucent intended to start rolling industrial action from the 4th December 2015 which consisted of bans on overtime, callouts, out of office work and we'll also have bans on a range of activities done during the day such as signing contracts, booking orders and raising invoices. The Union are demanding a 2-3 per cent pay rise every year over the next four years.
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced that public servants will receive a 2.5 per cent annual pay hike over the next three years. The deal includes an extraordinary one-off payment of $1300 to all bureaucrats on the core wage agreement, which Mr Pitt’s office last night confirmed was about 48,000 employees. The previous agreement expired on 31 July, 2012 and has been stalled in arbitration since January 2013.
United Voice asked the FWC to grant pay rises of between 39 per cent and 72 per cent, which could cost the sector about $1.6 billion, arguing that the predominantly female childcare workforce was “undervalued”. The fair Work Commission said the union would need to provide specific evidence to show that women working in childcare were disadvantaged compared with men working in a comparable industry. The Federal Government in its submission to the FWC stated that granting the childcare union’s equal pay claim could stymie future enterprise bargaining in the childcare industry.
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