Retail and hospitality workers will conduct a doorknocking campaign on the issue of penalty rates ahead of the federal election. The independent Fair Work Commission reviewed penalty rates and then decided to cut them, with the first round taking place in July 2017.
Academics and staff at Melbourne’s Monash University walked off the job for four hours on Wednesday morning in a dispute over a proposed enterprise agreement. Negotiations began in November 2017 and reached a deadlock over the casualisation of the academic workforce and a proposal to increase ordinary work hours to 8pm.
Public teachers across Tasmania will walk off the job next week amid a bitter public sector pay and conditions dispute with the state government. The AEU has asked for a three per cent pay rise, a cap on class sizes and more in-class support and professional development.
SOME Cassowary Coast Regional Council workers will begin industrial action on Wednesday after pay negotiations between the council and unions failed to reach a satisfactory result. The union is seeking a one-off increase of $2400 to members’ base pay at sign-on, then 3 per cent increase for the first year and 2.5 per cent in future years.
Bus drivers in Tasmania’s capital Hobart walked off the job for four hours on Thursday morning to demand a pay rise. Metro Tasmania, the state-owned transport provider offered a 2 percent pay increase which was rejected.
THREE major enterprise bargaining agreements being negotiated by Queensland’s Together Union have been referred to arbitration. It comes after the union’s dogged push for a 3.5 per cent wage increase was rejected by the Queensland government.
Fair Work Commission made a decision on 31 December 2018 that has an Australian-wide impact on enterprise bargaining voting rights for casual employees. casual employees should be treated as commencing and finishing employment on each particular day of work, therefore, if a casual employee is not working during the time of an enterprise bargaining vote, the employee is not entitled to vote on the agreement.
Workers at Port Kembla Coal Terminal have been negotiating for a new agreement since 2015 and facing termination of their existing agreement since March 2018. Union members have agreed to significant changes to the existing EBA – however they are standing firm against attempts by management to replace permanent jobs with insecure contractor roles.
About 1800 wharfies at DP World’s operations across the country will embark on industrial action, including strikes and indefinite work bans, from next week over the stevedore’s decision to cancel a union-backed income protection scheme. The Company has rejected the union’s claim for annual five per cent pay rises over the next three years plus income protection and has offered to rollover the existing agreements and a 2.6 per cent pay rise.
One of WA’s biggest unions is demanding a 4.5 per cent pay rise for its members, despite the State Government saying it won’t break its $1000-a-year pay-rise cap for public servants. The Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association this week revealed it was seeking a 2 per cent pay rise for its 38,000 members for 2019-20 and a further 2.5 per cent the following year.
Workers at three Chemist Warehouse distribution centres will begin indefinite strike action today. The warehouses in Somerton and Preston in Victoria and Eagle Farm in Queensland are vital in supplying Chemist Warehouse and My Chemist outlets around the country.
CEPU members last month voted in favour of a protected industrial action, with workers refusing to undertake specific duties during unpaid time, in a bid to get Telstra to renegotiate its Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA). According to the CEPU, Telstra’s (TLS) proposed pay rise of 4.5 per cent over three years — which amounts to a pay rise of 1.5 per cent each year — is inadequate.
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has agreed to engage in collective bargaining with staff in its editorial and publicity departments. It is estimated that 95% of editorial and publicity staff at PRH (across both its Sydney and Melbourne offices) are now union members. average full-time salary for this group growing only marginally from $60,100 in 2013 to $60,207 in 2018.
Workers from the Port Kembla steelworks have voted in favour of an in-principle agreement with Bluescope that will put an end to months of damaging industrial action. Pay will increase by 11 per cent over the next three years
The property downturn is forcing the Andrews Government to tighten its belt ahead of pay negotiations with tens of thousands of Victorian workers, including police and paramedics. Treasurer Tim Pallas met with union bosses recently and offered them an increase of 2 per cent a year for new enterprise bargaining agreements, he further explained the 2 per cent offer was due to the slump in house prices, which have dropped by more than 9 per cent in the last year.
Workers on the NRMA My Fast Ferry and the Manly Fast Ferry will stop work for two hours between 8am and 10am on Wednesday, the Maritime Union of Australia has confirmed. This is in support of the negotiations for a new EBA for its Masters
Aldi's non-union agreements covering thousands of store, delivery and distribution centre employees have been rendered invalid because the retailer referred to itself as a "leader" not an employer. the SDA has argued the deals fail to leave workers better off than the award minimum and has challenged their validity, including on grounds that Aldi failed strict rules on representational rights notices.
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