Unions will push for a “historic” $45-a-week pay rise for the nations lowest-paid, with new ACTU secretary Sally McManus declaring Australia’s minimum wage has fallen to “dangerously low levels” compared to average wages.
Under the law, announced by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull today and due to hit parliament on Wednesday, employers and unions who make payments with the intent to corrupt will face up to 10 years in prison. Breaches could result in a $900,000 fine for individuals, and a $4.5 million fine for corporate entities.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) is reminding livestock and rural carriers that a majority of them will continue to remain unaffected by the recent changes to the NSW General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD). ALRTA also warns that "owner drivers undertaking exclusive work for a principle contractor that does not involve a specialist vehicle or carriage to or from a place of primary production may be affected by the GCCD decision".
Nearly one in three Australians on newly sealed wage deals are now receiving superannuation above the legal minimum, while employee pay rises are hitting record lows. The average super rate for the deals struck during the period was 10.1 per cent
Armed with legal advice from Maurice Blackburn, ACTU president Ged Kearney yesterday went on the attack over the FWC decision by warning that “nurses, teachers, cleaners, community, social, disability and construction workers” were all at risk from future penalty rate cuts. Senator Cash has pointed to the Fair Work Commission’s assurance that its decision to reduce Sunday loadings for hospitality and retail workers provided “no warrant for the variation of penalty rates in other modern awards
Long-running pay battle that shut down Parmalat Echuca dairy processing plant in northern Victoria for two months has been resolved. Employees will receive a 2 per cent wage increase over the next three years. In years two and three, wage increases will be set at 2 per cent, or the national CPI for the June quarter, whichever is higher
Construction companies wanting federal work will be banned from having enterprise agreements that require foreign workers to be retrenched ahead of Australian workers. The ABCC has ruled that the clause does not meet the code’s requirements because it “limits the ability of the employer to make decisions about redundancy based on operational requirements”.
Employers are pushing for evening and early morning penalty rate payments for fast-food workers to be cut within weeks but unions want the reductions delayed until July.The commission full bench said a 15 per cent penalty from midnight should be paid to 6am, not 7am, while a 10 per cent penalty should be paid from 10pm to midnight, not from 9pm.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union lost an appeal against the axing of its enterprise agreement at AGL's Loy Yang B power plant. The Fair Work full bench's decision means the agreement, covering 578 workers in Victoria, has now been terminated and union conditions for minimum staffing levels, restrictions on outsourcing and no forced redundancies have all been scrapped.
An analysis conducted by the Department of Employment reveals that as few as 2.8 per cent of the workforce stood to be affected by the FWC decision to cut Sunday penalty rates in the fast-food, hospitality, accommodation and pharmacy sectors.The analysis also reveals that 665,000 workers in the two industries most affected were covered under enterprise agreements struck by unions and would not be immediately affected.
Japanese energy giant Inpex has signed a landmark deal with maritime unions on the $34 billion Ichthys LNG project that commits it to preference Australian workers for up to 2000 jobs over the next 13 years. In return, the militant Maritime Union of Australia has promised to avoid industrial action on the north-west coast project until 2030.
Cosmetics retailer Lush took to Facebook last Friday to assure its customers it would not be applying the Fair Work Commission’s decision to allow businesses to lower Sunday loading rates for workers covered by the retail, hospitality, pharmacy and fast food awards. Lush has gained more customers through this decision.
The government has introduced a separate bill to stop the Fair Work Commission's scheduled reviews of minimum award conditions on grounds they "represent a significant regulatory burden" and predicting it would save unions and employer groups $87 million over the next ten years. The government will also change the Fair Work Act to prevent an "overly strict approach" to approving enterprise agreements that has seen employers' negotiations invalidated because they included an incorrect phone number or stapled the wrong pages together in bargaining.
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