The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) hasn’t ruled out further industrial action after the nation’s workplace relations umpire gave the Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) the tick of approval to terminate its workplace agreement. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) this week ruled the PKCT Limited Enterprise Agreement 2012-2015 be terminated, effective from 29 April next year.
The workplace umpire has rejected union claims for more flexible family-friendly hours. The Commission also rejected the ACTU's second claim for 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave. Instead, it decided to give the right to take five days' unpaid leave each year to all employees including casuals experiencing family and domestic violence.
Domino's Pizza has abandoned an enterprise agreement with the shoppies union in favour of keeping employees on an industry award in what a rival union has described as a face-saving exercise for both parties.
On March 27, thousands of early childhood educators will walk off the job across the country in a bid to get the Federal Government to subsidise a 30 per cent pay hike after losing a Fair Work Commission equal pay test case in which they argued childcare work was undervalued due to gender inequality.
Grain giant Viterra has successfully terminated its union agreement after almost three years of failed negotiations, slashing generous redundancy benefits and reducing workers' pay by up to 24 per cent. It is one of the few cases where an employer has not promised to preserve workers' existing pay.
ACTU boss calls for industry-level bargaining and equal rights for casuals in speech criticised by employer groups as anti-jobs. Enterprise bargaining system is “so restrictive, excessively regulated [and] is smothering wage growth”.
Striking MUA workers picketed the Webb Dock MIRRAT terminal, which handles bulk car imports, as part of protected action under an enterprise bargaining period with Qube. Qube had moved from offering reduced pay at the beginning of the bargaining process to offering pay rises close to 10 per cent over the next four years, conditions most of other port sites operated by the company had accepted.
Unions will push for a record $50-a-week pay rise for the nations lowest-paid, more than double the amount awarded last year. The ACTU is seeking a 7.2 per cent rise in the minimum wage, close to double that asked of the Victorian government. Employers are seeking lower levels. The National Retail Association urged the commission to give “full and genuine consideration” to awarding a zero increase.
After 10 months of negotiation, Canberra's ACTION bus maintenance staff resorted to industrial action. The government has backed down from removing the productivity allowance, and declined to change starting hours for worker shifts. Workers had agreed to continue remaining negotiations without further action.
In its submission to the Fair Work Commission's annual wage review, the Andrews Labor government argues the national minimum wage should be bumped up to $19 an hour, the equivalent of about $722 per week. It currently sits at $18.29 per hour, which equates to $695.02 per 38 hour week, before tax.
An application to stop industrial action by City of Gold Coast Council staff just weeks out from the Commonwealth Games will be heard in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission today. Staff including administration, counter staff, librarians, engineers, planners and inspectors voted to begin work bans and rolling stoppages over a pay and rostering dispute. The action was due to begin last Friday but was put on hold after Council lodged a last-minute application with the QIRC. The union is pushing for a 2.5 per cent pay increase.
Workers at Alcoa's Pinjarra, Wagerup, and Kwinana refineries have walked off the job following a breakdown in negotiations over pay and conditions. Outstanding issues concerning Alcoa workers revolved around job security and preserving current terms and conditions of employment.
Unions should be prepared to take unlawful industrial action to win bigger pay rises because Australia’s laws make protected action too hard for workers, an influential unionist has argued.
The Illawarra paramedic – and the region’s delegate for the Australian Paramedics Association – said paramedics across the state were standing firm in boycotting the $80 fee for the mandatory five-yearly check.
The Victorian government is staring down the barrel of a raft of potentially costly wage negotiations across key emergency services and public service sectors after striking a $150 million wage deal with the Metropolitan Fire Service with several extravagant perks. Ambulance Employees Australia Victoria branch will consider pushing for key provisions of the MFB workplace deal to be replicated in its own enterprise bargaining agreement, Police Association chief executive Wayne Gatt said police would also look at the MFB deal.
Council workers including cleaners, inspectors and counter staff have voted for rolling stoppages and work bans starting this Friday in a dispute over Games rosters and a new pay deal.
The Commonwealth Government has decided to continue with its workplace bargaining policy for Commonwealth employees, plus or minus a couple of small alterations. Essentially it has kept annual average pay increases below 2 per cent, and for a lot of them well below 2 per cent. Any increases above this must be offset by sufficient productivity gains.
Union claims for extra public holiday entitlements for employees who work outside the standard Monday to Friday working week have been rejected by the Fair Work Commission. The union said employees working “non-standard” hours were disadvantaged when public holidays fell on a day they were not working.
Brendan O’Connor signals shift away from negotiating pay deals workplace by workplace and instead look at industry wide bargaining.
Australian Paper is reopening talks with the AMWU as the Preston factory workers are in their seventh week of striking. The dispute has come about after nine months of failed negotiations for a new EBA. Workers have asked for a 2.5 per cent annual pay rise for three years and no loss of RDOs, and are against a reclassification of the pay structure which they claim will freeze pay increases for long time staff until newer employees’ wages catch up. The company has offered a total 6.5 per cent pay rise over four years and wants to reduce the current 16 RDOs to 12. About 90 Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) members at Australian Paper’s Preston envelope factory returned to work victorious on March 6
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