Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk has boosted employees' pay packets, bypassing a ballot that was to be taken before the wage increase was applied. The implications for all EBAs in Queensland are now clear for all to see – a union representing just one employee in a workplace can now stop an EBA going to ballot.
The protests were in response to a legal challenge over split shifts and conditions for all aviation staff being filed by airline service provider Aerocare. In August last year, the Fair Work Commission rejected Aerocare’s enterprise agreement, deeming it to be unfair and unsatisfactory for its workers.
Fair Work Australia (FWA) dismissing an application for a 35 per cent increase by the Childcare educators in Pine Rivers.
180 ADEs across Australia are awaiting a Fair Work Commission decision this week on the best method of assessing wages for people with a disability. Currently employees receive a ‘pro rata’ wage rate, which depends on their skills and how much support they need at work.
The Australian Horticulture Industry has welcomed the final decision by Fair Work Australia on the Review of its Modern Horticulture Award. The decision was to retain the Horticulture Award.
A Fair Work Commission (FWC) hearing has failed to resolve a dispute between Australian Paper and its workers at its Preston plant over working conditions and pay in a new EBA, while the workers’ strike is entering its fourth week. Workers have asked for a 2.5 per cent annual pay rise for three years and no loss of RDOs, and are against a reclassification of the pay structure which they claim will freeze pay increases for long time staff until newer employees’ wages catch up. The company has offered a total 6.5 per cent pay rise over four years and wants to reduce the current 16 RDOs to 12.
The commission previously approved Griffin Coal's request to terminate the maintenance workers' enterprise agreement and revert to the 2010 Black Coal Mining Industry Award, resulting in a massive 43 per cent pay cut and the loss of entitlements and conditions. A new enterprise agreement was approved by maintenance workers, the Fair Work Commission and the AMWU, maintenance workers from Griffin Coal agreed to take pay cuts of between 18 and a 20 per cent, “family friendly” rosters would be maintained
Enterprise agreements, including controversial deals struck by large retail and fast-food employers, could be subject to new requirements, under changes to the Fair Work Act being investigated by the Turnbull government.
The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) were offered a deal, including a 3 per cent annual pay rise over three years, to take to their members to consider. The RTBU suggested that the offer was closer to 4% when other aspects such as travel passes and a $1,000 one-off sign-on bonus were taken into account.
Negotiations to resolve the on-going pay dispute between disability service provider Community Living Association and staff and were encouraged that CLA management are now actively negotiating with us as we secure the correct pay and conditions for our members
The Turnbull Government will restrict annual pay rises for public sector workers covered by union enterprise agreements to two per cent for the next three years, but allow for higher wage increases if employees enter into individual employment arrangements.
The award system is a joke, enterprise bargaining is dying a natural death and key workplace relations institutions are politicised, ACTU secretary Sally McManus says. But Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said Ms McManus’s attempts to portray Labor’s Fair Work Act as unfair to unions and workers did not stand the most cursory of scrutiny.
More than 93 percent of the 2,800 Ausgrid workers had endorsed the campaign, in a dispute over new enterprise bargaining agreements (EBAs), during balloting that closed January 10. However, the Electrical Trades Unions (ETU), United Services Union, Community and Public Sector Union and Professionals Australia—used a meeting of around 100 workplace delegates to endorse the suspension of industrial action based on receiving a “revised” EBA offer from the company. The proposed agreement delivers pay increases of just 2.75. 2.5 and 2.25 percent over the next three years.
Defence has entered into negotiations with Australian Munitions, a subsidiary of Thales Australia, over continued management and operation of its factories in Benalla and Mulwala. Both facilities employ over 640 highly-skilled workers, this announcement provides certainty for workers that both factories will remain open for the long term and will allow for EBA negotiation renewal.
Childcare workers agitating for pay increases will walk off the job next month as part of an escalating dispute between unions and the federal government. The action is part of a long-running equal pay campaign. The union is seeking a 35% increase for its workers
Striking workers have been picketing gas giant ExxonMobil at its Esso site in Longford, Victoria. The dispute began in June 2017, when Esso’s maintenance contractor UGL forced through a sham enterprise agreement that cut wages by 30 percent and introduced drastic changes to shift rostering and workplace conditions.
Glencore is continuing the lockout of around 190 workers at its Oaky North underground coal mine near the central Queensland town of Tieri. The workers were locked out on June 9 after they rejected a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) that cut wages and working conditions, and took limited industrial action. Glencore provocatively applied to the FWC to terminate the current EBA. This means that, if the lockout were lifted, Oaky North miners would be employed under an industry award
A meeting yesterday of around 150 union delegates covering Sydney and New South Wales (NSW) rail staff rejected an “offer” by the state Liberal-National government for a new enterprise agreement containing marginal pay increases and enforcing a continued assault on workers’ conditions.
Federal Labor will consider legislating significant increases in the minimum wage. Opposition workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor revealed yesterday that a Labor government would consider changing the law to peg the minimum wage to a certain proportion of the median wage.
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