Patrick will apply on Friday for bargaining orders that seek to force the union to give a "proper response" to the company's April proposal for a new enterprise agreement. Patrick has said its latest offer stands despite 98 per cent of employees who participated in a recent ballot rejecting the proposal.
Uber and other ride-sharing services such as competitor GoCatchwere legalised on Wednesday night, as part of a package of policies that includes $250 million in compensation for the taxi industry. Pay and work conditions for Uber and ride-sharing drivers in NSW are set to become the next area of contention in the regulation of new forms of transport services.NSW parliamentary committee will begin hearings next month into matters such as pay and conditions for drivers, as well as customer service, and passenger and driver safety.
Wage rises for construction workers in Queensland are “out of control” and will add more than $1.07 billion to the cost of the state’s infrastructure projects over the next four years, threatening funding for hospitals and schools, an industry report by Deloitte Access Economics for the Master Builders Association published today.
From July 1, the minimum wage in Western Australia will rise from $679.90 per week to $692.90 per week, representing an increase of 1.9 per cent. WA's small sole traders and partnerships in WA will still be paying a $20 per week more than businesses covered by the national industrial relations system."
Fair Work Commission directed The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) last month to call off a scheduled 80-hour strike in New South Wales (NSW) by thousands of workers at state-owned electricity distribution company Essential Energy. The strike was in support of a long-running dispute over a new enterprise agreement.
But after a year-long investigation, a Victorian parliamentary committee has made a string of recommendations. Among them are calls for feasibility studies to consider giving portable long service leave to people who work in the same industry for 10 years, but are prevented "through no fault of their own" from accessing the entitlement because of frequent contract changes.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has proposed a wage freeze in the EBA negotiations and are a key pillar in more than $4 million worth of ongoing cost cuts. City staff will vote on the proposal, which also includes the termination of their current Enterprise Agreement, in a secret ballot on Thursday.
Premier Daniel Andrews has backed the move by United Firefighters Union to take over the Country Fire Authority.The controversial move, bringing to a head a three-year-old dispute, would leave the CFA board no option but to resign en masse, or agree to the deal and sell out its 60,000 volunteers. The deal would give the UFU a veto over CFA management decisions, as it has at the MFB. Also insist seven paid firefighters attend every fire, no matter how small, and provide a 15 per cent daily loading for having to work with contractors. The workplace umpire’s recommendations decision is to support the bulk of the union’s claims against the CFA.The fresh twist in the long running CFA saga comes as the authority reiterated it was still unwilling to sign the EBA and it had advice that clauses in it were illegal.
Fair Work Commission seems likely to hand down its decision in the controversial case soon after the federal election. The commission president’s requested for submissions on whether some employees should be given a right to refuse to work on Sundays, perhaps as a trade-off. The Productivity Commission would provide critical “third-party endorsement”
The Fair Work Commission ruled yesterday that Australian workers on the lowest incomes should be given a 2.4 per cent rise in the minimum wage — lifting the benchmark by $15.80 a week to $672.70 from July 1.
In the Duncan Hart, case, Fair Work Commission yesterday concluding the EBA paid below the legal safety net and so failed the “better off overall” test under industrial law and as such could cost Coles millions of dollars in higher wages for part-time and casual workers. It has cast doubt on “sweetheart” deals between the union and some of Australia’s biggest employers. The FWC, too, needs to review the way it approves agreements. Scrutiny is applied to EBAs with no union involvement, but those with a union seal are simply rubber-stamped.
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