Up to 1.8 million low paid workers will learn how much their incomes will climb when the national workplace tribunal unveils Australia's new minimum wage on Tuesday afternoon. The existing minimum wage of $656 a week or $17.29 an hour.
State funded infrastructure projects could be 5% to 15% more expensive, coting taxpayers in Victoria and Queensland hundreds of millions of dollars, because of spiralling union-backed wage rises. The Victorian government will pay workers on the metro train's project an allowance of $70 a week in return for industrial peace. Deloitte research findings come as the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union and about 20 big builders struck a deal for a 15% wage rise over three years. Union deals are leading to carpenters earning $163,000 and labourers $152,000 - twice the award wage - in Victoria and between $145,000 and $161,000 in Queensland.
The Together Union said a pay dispute with Corrective Services and overcrowding had contributed to unsafe working conditions for staff and has indicated workers at Maryborough Correctional Centre, in the state's south, could soon join the industrial action.
The Construction forestry Mining and energy Union struck a deal with individual builders, bypassing the usual bargaining process with the MBA, which negotiated previous pattern agreements with the union. Members win a 5% wage, outstripping inflation, and the union will commit to 'potential productivity improvements'. Master Builders will not endorse nor provide agreement-related assistance to that group it said if the deal is not in the broader member's interests.
A Fairfax Media investigation has found the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) negotiated a 2013 agreement under which some McDonald's employees are paid nearly one-third less than the award - the minimum pay and conditions safety net. Under the national fast-food industry award, penalty rates of 25% apply on Saturday and 50% on Sunday (75% for casuals), as well as higher night shift loadings from 9pm - 5am. Hundreds of thousands of workers have already had their penalty rates stripped by these bad agreements.
Discussions between the Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia over pay and conditions for the women's players were not smooth, and the association failed in its bid to introduce a memorandum of understanding. This deal meant elite female cricketers who play in the Big Bash League and the national side will pocket more than $100,000 per year. Travel and accommodation benefits have also improved. The contracts had a greater reliance on performance, with bonuses for series and tournament wins. Discussion are to continue. The men's MOU negotiations begin in June next year.
The Electrical Trades Union NSW served notice of the protected industrial action on Wednesday afternoon. It plans 20 consecutive four-hour stoppages from 10pm Monday May 23 til Friday May 27. Essential Energy's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Gary Humphreys said negotiations with unions for a replacement Enterprise Agreement started in April 2015 and included six days of conciliation in the Fair Work Commission. The most recent offer from Essential Energy included maintenance of current entitlements for long service leave, as well as maintaining superannuation entitlements well above the Superannuation Guarantee Charge (SGC). The Fair Work Commission has on the 20/5/2016 terminated planned industrial action by members of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) at Essential Energy, after the electricity infrastructure company argued work stoppages would put public safety at risk.
WA's Chamber of Commerce and Industries has called for the states minimum wage to be brought into line with the national minimum. WA's minimum wage exceeds the national minimum wage by more than $20 per week.
Workers at Patrick's ports voted overwhelmingly to knock back a pay deal, setting up the possibility of lockouts in the lead up to the federal election. A spokesperson indicated that if a further industrial action is initiated, a lockout of the workforce becomes a more probable measure rather than a mere possibility. The estimated cost to the nation of a one-month lockout is approximately $1.1 billion.
The massive Defence Department has voted to reject a new workplace agreement proposal. 84% of staff voted on the proposed enterprise agreement. Of those, 54.86% voted 'no' and 45.14% voted 'yes'.
The government's pre-election budget includes $804.3 million on a new program to get people under the age of 25 into jobs working up to 25 hours per week and receiving an extra $200 per fortnight on top of their existing welfare payments. Businesses that take them on will receive a $1,000 bonus and will then be eligible for a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of between $6,500 and $10,000.
Coles has strongly defended payments to the powerful Shop Workers Union to conduct training claiming the payments met health and safety laws despite the retailer coming under fire for striking a workplace deal that allegedly left workers worse off. The full bench of the Fair Work Commission is considering an appeal by part-time Cole's worker Duncan Hart against the deal between his employer and the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association. Legal experts said the case could radically change how retailers negotiated enterprise deals with the deeply conservative SDA.
Aged care and garbage collectors and sorters at nominated waste management facilities in the ACT look set to become eligible for portable long service leave. The entitlements are in line with those workers in construction in Canberra, contract cleaning, community service agencies and security services.
The Australian Tax Office and unions have traded accusations of dishonesty, scare campaigns and a disregard for privacy. Close to 20,000 public servants at the tax office on Thursday 5th May 2016 have voted down the 6% pay increase over three years with health and part-day travel allowances reinstated.
Thousands marked the restoration of the Labour Day holiday's traditional May date in Queensland. The previous Liberal National Party (LNP) government did so to spread out the number of holidays in the first half of the year. This move has frustrated businesses in 2016.
BHP Billiton-led management intends to put their proposed agreements out for a vote very soon 'on a currently bitterly disputed re-draft of the enterprise agreement'. The enterprise agreement currently under discussion will replace a 2012 pact that consumed two years of union and management time and that was punctuated by rolling strike action. BMA wants to reduce the number of Queensland operations covered by a new agreement from seven to four while introducing a range of operational flexibilities in the way it employs and deploys its coal miners.
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