Teachers in Catholic schools strike on the 25 February 2016 as part of their on-going enterprise bargaining claim.
Arrium announced last Wednesday that it was considering mothballing its Whyalla steelworks in South Australia and made clear that the steelworks will only remain open if the Australian Workers Union (AWU) enforces sweeping cuts to jobs and conditions, on top of 250 sackings announced last year. The AWU signalled its willingness to work with the company and state and federal governments to implement even deeper attacks.
The NSW Teachers Federation has reached agreement with the NSW government. The Staffing Agreement provides significant benefits Class sizes protected; Transfer system maintained; Permanency in teacher employment protected; Enabling additional permanent teacher positions to be created with Gonski funding; More rigorous monitoring of schools’ compliance with the staffing procedures.
Victorian Industrial Relations Minister Natalie Hutchins, launching a discussion paper, said long-service leave laws were outdated and some arrangements had not been used since the 1960s. The discussion paper flags 10 options for change.
South Australian Police have a new enterprise bargaining agreement, which also locks in a 2.5 per cent annual pay rise for the next three years, ensures police injured in the line of duty will receive permanent ongoing medical and financial support and not be cut off after two years.
Duncan Hart, who works part time at a Coles supermarket in Brisbane, is trying to have the EBA struck down. Documents filed say Hart earns $325.09 a week under the EBA, $63.89 a week less than he would if he was paid under the relevant award. EBAs are all tested by the commission to make sure workers are better off overall as compared to the award. It is illegal to pay workers less than the award. For the test, the commission relies on assurances contained in statutory declarations from employers and unions.
A full bench quashed a decision by FWC commissioner Simpson dated October 30, 2015 regarding identification of the relevant modern award for the purposes of the Better Off Overall Test (BOOT), while rejecting the challenge against genuineness of the enterprise agreement. The FWC accepted the unions’ appeal against a former ruling in favour of Sea Swift’s nomination of the Ports and Harbours Award as the more appropriate award for the BOOT. The unions contend that the Seagoing Award is a better comparator for the purposes of the BOOT.
Around 60 ASU delegates from all states and territories met in Melbourne on 3 February 2016 to commence preparations for bargaining in Qantas Airways, QCatering and QFIT.
W.E. Smith at today's wage negotiations agreed to provide information about their finances to Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. Wage negotiations are to continue after W.E Smith announced last Friday the company issued four weeks back-pay owed to its employees.
Swire Pacific Ship Management and DOF Subsea have signed workplace agreements with more than 100 offshore maritime workers. Maritime Union of Australia, Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers or the Australian Maritime Officers Union urged workers to vote against the agreement. Other vessel operators were unsuccessful in getting a deal.
Minda and the United Voice have been in negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement since April 2015. Minda has proposed wage increases of 1.5% per annum, and changes to shift entitlements. United Voice has proposed a wage increase of 2.5% per year, as well as maintaining their current conditions. Accommodation
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