The Fair Work Commission, unions and farm lobby group are currently in negotiations that will eventually see casual fruit and vegetable farm workers awarded overtime. Farmers say they won't be able to afford it and will have to leave crops in the field to rot unless supermarkets increase grocery prices
CWU national president Shane Murphy said Telstra’s decision to cut 8000 positions represented one of the largest job cuts in Australian corporate history. The shock announcement comes as the union is bargaining for a new enterprise agreement to cover Telstra staff.
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has agreed to lift the states minimum wage by 2.5%. This represents an $18.00 per week increase to the WA minimum wage to $726.90 per week
Victoria’s biggest transport project, the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel, is embroiled in an industrial relations stand-off between the consortium appointed to build it and Victoria’s powerful building unions. There is no workplace agreement to build the project, and talks are at a near stalemate after more than six months of negotiations.
Staff at the Bureau of Meteorology are hiding messages in their weather forecasts as they push for better pay and conditions after a five-year wage freeze. BOM employees have been locked in negotiations with their employer over a new industrial agreement. The last agreement expired in 2014, and since then, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) says the Bureau has only offered pay rises with the caveat of a cut in entitlements and other conditions.
AMWU, Printing Industries has pushed through changes to the printing award. Wage levels will not ‘materially change’ for the foreseeable future but updated competencies will see more new funding for training. The agreement was reached through adopting the new training package to replace old competencies in the Award and removing outdated competencies, updating the Award to reflect technological developments within the industry, particularly in digital print.
New UGL maintenance workers have approved a new agreement that includes a two per cent annual pay rise includes a two week on two week off roster and base wages ranging from $151,000 to $171,000 for offshore workers, and base wages of $88,500 to $102,000 for onshore workers.
The Turnbull government has had a win as it intervenes to tear up a pay deal for Victorian firefighters, with the Fair Work Commission agreeing to hear the government’s challenge. The decision lets the federal government and the VEOHRC put their case to the commission on why the deal could be unfair to some workers, and why it should not be ratified. A five-day hearing scheduled to begin on August 27.
ETU state secretary Dave McKinley said on Tuesday that his union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union had been in talks with Downer management since January to replace an enterprise agreement that expired at the end of March. Work on major NSW infrastructure projects including power stations, steelworks, light rail, national defence and a new jail will be affected as hundreds of specialist trade workers go on strike for three days from Wednesday. Downer have offered an increase of 2.5% per annum.
Hundreds of staff at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney walked off the job for 24 hours on Wednesday as part of a dispute over a new workplace agreement. The staff are protesting high rates of casualisation, unsustainable workloads and the lack of consultation for major changes, including the university’s moves to introduce a trimester system.
XXXX brewery in Milton is seeking to introduce an enterprise agreement that would allow it to cover the leave of permanent employees with casual and contract labour. The United Voice union, which covers the workers, has limited the campaign to short sporadic stoppages.
Kmart employees will be on two different based rates of pay under a new wages and conditions agreement the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association (SDA) union is negotiating with the retail giant. It will protect higher rates of pay for existing employees. New employees will be on a lower base rate of pay but have access to penalty rates equal to those offered under the award for retail workers. The new proposed EBA would shift to a penalty rates structure including full Award penalties
Fair Work Commission points to ‘healthy national economy and labour market’ in making decision to raise minimum wage to $719.20 a week. This is a 3.5% increase to $18.93 per hour. The 3.5% increase is well above the 1.9% rate of inflation, meaning a real rise in wages of 1.6% for Australia’s lowest paid workers. But way below the 7.2% required by the unions and above the 1.8% sought by business groups.
Unions have vowed to maintain a 340-day picket at ExxonMobil’s Longford gas plant in Victoria after a replacement maintenance workforce went against a union recommendation and backed a new enterprise agreement. Replacement workers voted in favour of the new three-year agreement that offered annual 2 per cent pay rises.
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