Several companies operating in Australia including Indian conglomerate and coal mine owner Lanco Infratech, energy retailer AGL, commodity freight operator Aurizon and Exxon Mobil subsidiary Esso have all terminated, or are in the process of terminating, long-standing agreements when they expire. Once the agreement has been terminated, the companies and workers negotiate under the threat that should a new agreement not be reached, they could be thrust on to the statutory minimum pay in their sector. Employers can, however, give an undertaking to the tribunal that various pay and conditions agreements are not affected.
Australia’s powerful mining union is flexing its muscles for a Federal Court showdown after the workplace umpire upheld the right of bosses to sack legally striking workers in a decision applauded yesterday by employer groups.While noting that the subsequent loss of 83 jobs was unfortunate, especially given employment could be difficult to gain and maintain in central Queensland, the bench said the restructure was motivated by “legitimate business concerns”. The restructure was a “legitimate response to the commercial and operating circumstances which (Anglo) found itself in as a result of the protected industrial action”.
The South Australian government has asked the state's Industrial Relations Commission to block industrial action planned by nurses on the weekend of the 22/1/2017. Nurses at the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth hospitals say they will restrict admissions from Saturday in protest over bed closures at the hospitals.
About 65 workers have been indefinitely locked out of Parmalat's yoghurt making factory in Victoria after union negotiations for a new pay deal curdled. The action that comes after six months of enterprise agreement negotiations. A Parmalat spokeswoman says the factory will remain closed until further notice.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is working with management at the Australian Paper mill in Maryvale, Victoria. After more than 18 months of backroom negotiations for a new agreement, the union announced in November it would call on workers to accept an outright wage cut of 5 percent.
Two paramedics unions have been dragged before the Industrial Relations Commission for recommending members shed part of their hot and heavy uniforms during the recent heatwaves. Commissioner Newall instructed all three parties to meet as quickly as possible - ideally within 24 hours - to resolve the dispute. It is understood the parties will meet on Wednesday.
The Fair Work Commission on Thursday granted AGL's application to terminate the expired agreement, including a no-forced redundancies clause, after finding it might encourage bargaining for a new deal. The termination is effective on January 30. He said workers now reverted to the electrical industry award which did not include restrictions on no-forced redundancies, contracting out work, or minimum staffing levels. The commission's decision is the latest development in a long and bitter 15-month conflict between AGL and its unionised workers over the terms of a new workplace deal. In multiple ballots, staff have knocked back management's pay rise offers of 20 per cent over four years.
Domino’s is still negotiating an expired enterprise agreement, with the company saying it expects a resolution in the first half of the year. Domino’s, which booked a 44% profit increase in 2016 at $92 million, announced a 10% Sunday surcharge last week to help cover a 25% hourly loading for team members working on Sundays.This will ensure the Sunday adult rates for our team members is between $29.16 and $29.97 an hour for in-store employees and $26.04 an hour for drivers, plus $2.27 for each delivery in their private vehicle
Young Workers Centre co-ordinator Keelia Fitzpatrick said there were about 4000 agreements struck between 2006 and 2009 under WorkChoices in Australia, and many had never been terminated, especially at franchise stores. Under the Bakers Delight 2006 agreement in Victoria, teenage sales staff get paid as little as $8 an hour, while weekend pay is restricted to 110 per cent – far below the Sunday rates of "double time" enshrined in the national retail industry award.
Two separate consultants were hired as the drivers split into two groups during the vexed negotiations at a cost to taxpayers of $150,000, documents reveal. The dispute, which began in mid-2014, ended last month when drivers secured an annual 2.5 per cent pay rise for the next four years and a guarantee of no forced redundancies.
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