A Fair Work Commission full bench has granted Ms Vickers a five-week extension to file evidence supporting her application, pushing back hearings that had been scheduled for October. Coles reverted to the 2011 deal after the commission quashed a 2014 agreement because some workers were worse off than the award. Ms Vickers is now seeking the retrospective termination of the 2011 agreement, arguing that workers were still underpaid compared with the award.
In what could be the first major strike in the farm sector for many decades? On Friday, three migrant workers who are members of National Union of Workers appeared in the Fair Work Commission to argue that they were genuinely representing their co-workers at Perfection Fresh and wanted to strike. One of the union's claims was for the right to unpaid leave to allow workers to see their families.
Members of The Australian Workers Unions employed by the Gold Coast council will launch the industrial action from 2nd August after the Queensland Industrial Commission signed off on it. The council had rejected all of the union’s claims throughout the marathon negotiations despite the AWU arguing that many were cost-neutral. Council has offered 1.8% and an additional 0.5 per cent while the union is claiming 3.5 per cent in the first year
Brisbane City Council bus strike could roll on if deadlock continues. The strike went ahead after enterprise bargaining negotiations with a caucus of powerful unions, including the RTBU, reached a stalemate. Other unions have started escalating their own industrial action. The Transport Workers’ Union, which includes asphalt truck drivers, has issued a notice to strike for two four-hour periods. The Australian Workers’ Union also has started industrial action, with workers refusing to clean toilets. Council have offered an above inflation 2.5 per cent pay rise every year for three years to all council employees. The caucus of unions wants a 3.5 per cent pay rise
CATHOLIC teachers in the Tamworth area could take strike action within weeks amid a dispute with the education employer’s body. The issues is in regards to a claim that Catholic Commission of Employment Relations (CCER) is refusing to include the option for forced arbitration with the NSW Fair Work Commission in a new enterprise agreement.
Sunshine Plaza a major shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast will be able to trade until midnight on the weekdays leading up to Christmas this year, following a landmark decision by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission today.
Australia's Fair Work Commission is set to decide at a hearing on Thursday in Newcastle, whether or not to allow unionized workers at the Bulga underground mine in New South Wales to vote on strike action, a move opposed by Glencore.If successful then all six [Glencore Hunter Valley] mines will be on strike
A proposed new draft agreement which covers the 170 production workers at Griffin will be voted on by workers on Tuesday, July 25
The Electrical Trades Union yesterday revealed claims had been served on hundreds of Victorian companies that are trying to make their enterprise agreements code-compliant to avoid being black-listed from federal projects. The union wanted workers paid double time for working on a scheduled rostered day off. He said they should also receive a day in lieu and be given seven days’ notice.
Under existing union agreements, workers receive a day in lieu for working a RDO and no double time. A current clause requiring the employer to get the permission of the union before an employee can be asked to work an RDO is deemed in breach of the code.
WA police officers have upped the ante in their push for a better pay deal, launching a fresh wave of industrial action.From today, officers will begin issuing cautions for minor traffic and alcohol-related offences that would normally result in an offender being fined.Labor’s has decided not to go ahead with its pre-election commitment to give police a 1.5 per cent pay rise. That offer has been replaced by a flat $1000 pay rise for all public servants.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) members at Glencore's Oaky North mine, have been striking since May. Management have indicated they remain available for meaningful discussions with the CFMEU in pursuit of a modern, flexible Enterprise Agreement at Oaky North that is not only consistent with agreements accepted by the CFMEU at other mining operations but also maintains wage levels that are currently around $100,000 higher than the average annual Australian wage
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) pushed political propaganda on its criminal investigation database by inserting pop-ups on the internal system. The messages, which had to be acknowledged before proceeding, encouraged members to vote for a new enterprise agreement by offering an immediate pay rise - a proposal which was later defeated.Staff overwhelmingly voted against the pay offer made by the AFP.
Members and supporters of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) rallied on July 4 outside the WA Fair Work Commission (FWC) in protest against Murdoch University’s application to terminate the union’s enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA). The university’s management, under the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association, openly declared its intention to set a common bargaining agenda to seek “simpler less prescriptive Enterprise Agreements, salary offers much closer to the inflation rate and remove a small number of particular inflexibilities”.
More casual workers will be able to move to permanent status after the industrial umpire ruled to extend casual conversion clauses to more awards, saying employers needed to show “reasonable grounds” to refuse casual staff who wanted to become permanent employees after 12 months.The Fair Work Commission’s landmark decision rejecting the unions claim for casuals to be converted to permanent employment after six months and for all casual and part-time employees to have minimum daily shifts of four hours.
A Downer spokesman confirmed that a vote on a new enterprise agreement, which is expected to cover several hundred workers in NSW, would be held on Friday and that the company expected it would lead to a code compliant agreement.Lendlease secured consent from workers over a new enterprise agreement in June, but unions accused the company of putting the agreement to vote without advance notice and holding the ballot over a long weekend when organisers were on holiday.Construction group John Holland said all of its enterprise agreements in Australia were compliant with the new code.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union delegate and NRG employee has spent months in discussions with the power station about proposed changes to the enterprise bargaining agreement.
The Queensland Local Government Industry Award – State 2017 is revoked and has been replaced by three new Modern Awards that took effect on 1 July 2017.Those three awards are:
Queensland Local Government Industry (Stream A) Award – State 2017
Queensland Local Government Industry (Stream B) Award – State 2017, and
Queensland Local Government Industry (Stream C) Award – State 2017.
UNIONS are opposed to a new maintenance contract for Esso's onshore and offshore platforms in Bass Strait. While some workers have accepted the new pay deal, Mr Sharp said the company was trying to fill vacancies left by anyone not prepared to accept the reduced wages and conditions by advertising interstate.
Boral has escalated the fight with the CFMEU, threatening to sack the 110 workers at a concrete operation in NSW unless the union signs an agreement compliant with the new building code. The workers voted against the enterprise bargaining agreement last week. The CFMEU says Boral workers are protected by an existing EBA that does not expire until March 2018, and was secured through industrial action in 2015. Boral have indicated that these changes arise as a direct consequence of the (new) building code becoming law and serious risk that DMG will be unable to achieve code compliance.
The Rugby League Players Association have once again used the State of Origin spotlight to push for a revenue sharing model in their pay negotiations with the NRL. AFL players recently cut a new six-year deal with the league worth A$1.84 billion that ties their wages to competition revenue for the first time.
A union bid for 10 days of paid domestic violence leave for all employees has been rejected for a second time by the industrial umpire. A full bench of the Fair Work Commission said it has taken the "preliminary view" that while it is necessary to make provisions for family and domestic violence leave, it had rejected an application for 10 days of leave to be covered under all modern awards for all employees.
The federal government, in partnership with the Australian Retailers Association, is broadening its PaTh program, first introduced in the 2016 budget. Under the scheme the government will pay businesses $1,000 to take on young, unemployed people as interns for up to 12 weeks. The young jobseekers working as interns would receive $200 on top of their fortnightly welfare payments.The program will apply to Australians aged between 15 and 24 who are seeking employment
The impasse between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketer's Association (ACA) that has left 230 of the country's top male and female players unemployed as of Saturday morning includes the following key aspects, as part of the enterprise agreement Australia's top cricketers are owed $58 million by Cricket Australia (CA) with a lump-sum payment due in October. It is understood CA wants half of that money back to be rolled over into the next pay deal, at the same time bring to an end the 20-year revenue-sharing model. Cricket Australia's tactic of approaching individual players with contract offers has failed. The ACA has established a support fund that will help provide necessary living expenses while the MoU stalemate continues.
Good progress has been made during the week of the 11/7/2017 in hammering out a compromise between the parties on distribution of revenues. However disagreement still exists on the treatment of digital revenue in the previous deal, and that disagreement has been brought forward into the current discussions.
A decision by the Fair Work Commission will see Sunday rates drop by five percentage points for workers in fast food, hospitality, retail and pharmacies. While some businesses have committed to not passing on the cuts, the federal opposition and unions claim about 700,000 Australians will be hit.The first cut will be five percentage points, with more significant cuts in 2018 and 2019 for fast food and hospitality workers.Retail and pharmacy workers will have their cuts phased in until 2020. Public holiday penalty rates will drop 25 percentage points from July 1 for fast food, hospitality, restaurant, retail and pharmacy workers.
Australia Post has announced that its employees have voted their approval of the EBA2017 enterprise agreement, which offers a guaranteed 6% pay increase over three years and protection of key existing terms and conditions of employment.
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