- The Murray Darling-Basin Authority made an enterprise agreement offer to pay 4.2 percent over three years.
- Synchrotron scientists have rejected a 1.5 percent pay increase offer.
- Aspen Pharmaceutical factory in Dandenong offered 3 percent over three years in return for a 50 percent cut in the number of rostered days off. The dispute is being heard in the Fair Work Commission
Justice Andrew Beech overruled a previous decision made by the WA Industrial Relations Commission that parking fees should be capped at $5.50 a day and any increases should be limited to cost of living rises. The commission made the order in the final signing off of an industrial agreement with the ANF covering public sector nurses, midwives and mental health nurses in October last year.
Members of the National Union of Workers and Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union voted up a new four-year agreement with Aspen Pharmacare on 17 July. The deal protects a raft of conditions, including a 36-hour week with rostered days off (RDOs).
The Fair Work Commission on Friday ruled the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union could hold a protected ballot of Chevron Australia employees.
CB&I workers have several times rejected a proposed replacement enterprise agreement, driven by a desire to see a shorter work roster introduced.
Under a new enterprise agreement, 1500 maintenance and construction employees at Aurizon will receive an annual 4 per cent pay increase over the next three years in return for improved productivity.
Coles will be forced to pay $15 million more to casual workers after the industrial relations umpire tore up an enterprise bargain struck with the shop assistants union, rejecting the deal on the grounds it failed to leave workers “better off overall”. The commission then sought changes to the deal from Coles, including offering the supermarket’s 27,765-strong casual workforce pay rises of up to 10 per cent.
Yarra Trams has offered a rise of just 1.33 per cent a year if their staff agrees to a string of productivity gains. Rail Tram and Bus Union seeks an 18 per cent pay rise over three years. The union has applied to the fair work umpire for a vote on industrial action.
The Australian Services Union said employees and Transfield were at a standoff after negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) broke down. The 3 issues of dispute are a) wages Transfield offered 3% the union are demanding 3.5% b) Workers wanted the increase to be retrospective from April but Transfield rejected this c) Transfield wanted to pay its staff fortnightly instead of weekly so the union asked for an extra two weeks of pay but this was also rejected.
Qantas and Jetstar staff will receive a 5 per cent one-off payment. Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association described it as acknowledging the efforts of the staff to what is going to be a sizeable profit. It’s a sign that the airline and unions are moving to a more co-operative relationship.
Victorian Industrial Relations Minister Natalie Hutchins says four-year deals, which could include three per cent wage rises in the first two years and 3.5 per cent in the final two, have been discussed.
Labor is keen to avoid the sort of industrial mayhem suffered by the Napthine government such as disputes involving paramedics, nurses and teachers. A government spokesman said: “The Government is committed to bargaining in good faith so that the best outcome for the Victorian community can be achieved.” Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the Government was trying to buy industrial peace
Israel Folau has finalised his contract with both the Australian Rugby Union and the NSW rugby union. Details of the flexible contract which runs to the end of 2018 is rumoured to include two off-seasons in Japan and is estimated to be earn Israel Folau $4m in total.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union have asked Fair Work Australia to approve a list of protected industrial action and would ask its 4,500 members to vote on industrial action. Melbourne Metro Trains said it was "disappointed" the union had chosen this "unnecessary course of action".
About 80 members of the Australian Education Union ACT council endorsed in principle the enterprise bargaining agreement on Thursday night, unlocking $7 million to employ about 60 extra school assistants and $900,000 for four extra psychologists. It gives teachers a 12.6 per cent pay rise over four years, which is worth $159 million.
The Victorian government in its submission to the productivity commission wants to give the federal Fair Work Commission sharper teeth to sign off on agreements covering the "number, identity and appointment, and redundancy" of public servants. It wants to overhaul workplace laws to give the commission powers to approve agreements "containing matters that are otherwise excluded".
Australia chief Peter Strong claims enterprise agreements negotiated by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association with the supermarket giants are undercutting the ability of small operators to compete. Examples of this are - general retail award, penalty rates are set at double time for “all hours worked on a Sunday for Coles it is time and a half, over 90 per cent of SDA members are to be found in Wesfarmers and Woolworths or their subsidiaries and the union paid them $5 million a year as a “commission” for the employers deducting union fees from members’ pay packets.
A mass meeting of union workers from the Port Kembla steelworks will be held on the 8th July to discuss the future of the steelworks. This could include mandating the use of Australian steel and changes to the EBA.
State and federal government infrastructure projects would be built using at least 50 per cent Australian steel, under protectionist measures endorsed by Port Kembla steelworkers amid growing jobs uncertainty. A combined steel unions meeting at Port Kembla Leagues Club on Wednesday night voted to make attempts to secure the commitment from governments.
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