Teachers threaten to go to WA's industrial umpire to challenge the suspension of a Level 3 classroom teacher program established in 1997 that pays elite teachers more. Teachers awarded Level 3 status prior to 2017 will be unaffected by the decision.
Queensland's paramedics are set for one of the biggest pay rises in years after striking a new deal. The new pay scheme will also see the introduction of a banding system to reward staff who have more experience and qualifications. The deal will begin next year, backdated to September, and cost the Queensland Government an extra $192 million over the next three years, plus an additional $107 million every year after that.
A Fair Work Commission decision this week rejecting the pay rise came as wages for Immigration staff, now working under the Home Affairs banner, remain at 2013 levels following the failure of negotiations and a stoush that escalated with strikes.
THE majority of WA’s 6800 police officers have voted to accept the State Government’s pay offer. The two-year deal includes a $1000 a person pay rise and “police-specific” entitlements such as higher-duty allowances, with the pay backdated to July 1 2017.
Prosegur, which will begin locking out its drivers from midnight on Thursday. It follows unresolved negotiations between Transport Workers Union (TWU) on penalty rates on Saturdays and overtime pay. The staff have rejected the agreement on a number of occasions.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has signed a three-year enterprise agreements which covers workers at the Bulga underground and open cut mines as well as open-cut operations at Glendell, Liddell, Mangoola and Ravensworth, and coal-handling and preparation plants at Mount Owen, Liddell and Ravensworth.
More than 87 per cent of staff in 11 Catholic dioceses across New South Wales and the ACT rejected the agreement in a ballot. The sticking point in negotiations has been the union and the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations' inability to settle on arbitration rights. The rejection of the ballot has pushed back this year's pay rise of 2.5 per cent for Canberra's Catholic school teachers to 2018. At least three New South Wales dioceses have agreed to process back pay by the end of the month despite the ballot failing.
Global miner Glencore on Friday said it had reached new labor agreements with workers at 13 of its coal mines in Australia, ending months of negotiations over wages and benefits. However Glencore and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) have been unable to hammer out a so-called enterprise work agreement for Oaky North metallurgical coal mine since the last one expired in mid-2015, despite sitting down at the negotiating table 25 times, according to a company spokesman.
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Maritime Union of Australia to lift the picket but it has continued as a "community protest" with support from other unions including the national construction union, the electrical trades union and Victoria Trades Hall Council. VICT is now monitoring the picket line to check no MUA members are taking part. The Victoria International Container Terminal, has become the latest employer to face assertive campaigning from the trade union movement over what it claims are substandard wage agreements and violations of workplace rights. Judge Michael McDonald found the Maritime Union of Australia “outsourced” its dispute with the Victorian International Container Terminal to other unions which were co-ordinated by the Victorian Trades Hall Council. The regulator is also seeking to force the MUA to pay $500,000 in compensation to Alcoa and incur heavy financial penalties over the stranding of the cargo ship MV Portland.
The High Court has ruled that unions are blocked from taking protected industrial action during bargaining if they breach any order from the Fair Work Commission. A 4 to 1 majority of the court rejected the AWU's arguments that unions only need to comply with "current" orders that still applied to them when taking protected action. Instead, the majority overturned a full court finding and held for the first time that a union cannot take protected action for the remainder of a bargaining period if it has breached a past order relating to that bargaining.
Bill Shorten will today promise to legislate for 10 days of paid domestic violence leave if Labor wins the next federal election, doubling the pledge he made before the previous poll.
Catholic school employees within the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn will strike on Monday as tensions between their union and employer escalate over a proposed new enterprise agreement. The Independent Education Union wants the new contract to include the right to call in the Fair Work Commission for arbitration when disagreements can't be settled in-house. The commission would rather maintain the status quo, where such a deal hasn't been made in writing.
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