The Labor Party in Western Australia has handed its employees a 9.5 per cent pay increase over three years. This equates to 4 per cent pay hike last year, which will be followed by 2.75 per cent on July 1 and another 2.75 per cent rise in 2018. Union officials are questioning the scale of the ALP’s pay rises in the wake of the Labor government’s push since its election in March to slash its wages bill for public servants.
Unions will launch a campaign against Esso's maintenance contractor UGL for seeking to shift workers to a subsidiary with lower pay. The move occurred in the middle of pay negotiations, with the company's tactics testing the limits of the Fair Work Act's broad protections for employees during a transfer of business. About 200 maintenance employees with UGL-Kaifer had been in talks with UGL over pay and conditions for the new contract when the company declared this week it would deliver the work through its subsidiary MTCT Services.
CAIRNS Regional Council workers have finally entered enterprise bargaining negotiations after two years with no pay increase with the entire process expected to take six months. Cairns Regional Council workers were given two payments of up to $1500 in recognition of the inability to negotiate a new agreement.
Hundreds of workers at Coates Hire have thrown their support behind a twice-rejected deal that provides below-inflation wage rises and lets the employer pay new staff nearly 20 per cent less. Ahead of the latest vote last week, the company warned it would consider a move to rip up the existing pay deal altogether if workers turned down its "best and final offer". The company's new agreement contains a $1000 sign-on bonus, two 1.5 per cent pay rises in 2018 and 2019, and improved entitlements for domestic violence leave and paid parental leave.
Despite Clubs Australia’s demanding a back down, unions and workers will continue to speak up against wage cuts with protests across the country to protect penalty rates for workers.
Labor and unions say employers are increasingly threatening to rip up workplace agreements and return their workers to less generous Awards rates as a negotiating tactic. Shadow Employment Minister Brendan O’Connor signalled he is gearing up for a fight over the issue because it had become “too easy and too common” for bosses to terminate expired EBAs instead we are looking at how the Fair Work Act might be changed so that, rather than resorting to the ‘nuclear option’ of terminating agreements when negotiations fail, the system works to assist the parties to come to a resolution, and to do so on a level playing field.
MELBOURNE Rebels have rejected a bid from the Australian Rugby Union to buy back the club in a move they believe ensures their survival. The ARU had planned to cut either the Rebels or Perth-based Western Force within 72 hours of its announcement on April 10, along with two South African sides in favour of a streamlined 15-team competition.
The Industrial Relations Commission ordered that the Rail, Tram and Bus Union and its members immediately cease organising or taking any form of strike action against the planned privatisation of some bus services. Despite the commission’s order it is still expected that a number of bus drivers in the city’s inner west and parts of the south could still take part. The strike announcement came after the state government announced on Monday it would sell off the entire inner-west fleet.
The Australian Education Union (AEU) announced on Friday that delegates’ meetings in Victoria had approved the industrial agreement with the state Labor government.
Hundreds of workers at Australia's largest equipment-hire business face a pay cut of up to 40 per cent unless they agree to let the company slash new employees' wages and conditions. Management's latest offer contains a $1000 sign-on bonus, two 1.5 per cent pay rises in 2018 and 2019, and improved entitlements for domestic violence leave and paid parental leave. For Coates' manufacturing workers, a base-rate fitter would go from $34.70 an hour to $20.61 an hour, union officials said.
A self-represented Cole’s nightshift worker has overcome the supermarket giant and two unions to have her bid to terminate a pay deal heard by a Fair Work Commission full bench. Coles reverted to the 2011 deal after the commission found a controversial 2014 agreement left some employees worse off than the award. Ms Vickers is seeking the retrospective termination of the 2011 agreement arguing workers were still underpaid compared with the award.
The players’ union called on Cricket Australia on Sunday to mediate over intractable wage negotiations instead of threatening not to pay their stars. The governing body late last week threatened not to pay contracted players beyond June 30 unless the proposed remuneration overhaul was accepted. Players will not respond to threats, whilst broadcasters and sponsors need certainty. Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia, players have made the bold decision to turn to former federal minister and unionist Greg Combet to provide guidance in their fight to keep the pay structure, used since 1997, in place.
Western Australian Labor government will introduce legislation to freeze the pay of the best paid public servants, including politicians for the next four years by taking power away from the Independent Salaries and Allowances Tribunal. Public sector wage increases that were previously capped at 1.5 per cent will be replaced with a $1000 per year pay rise limit for all public sector employees, which would be pro rata for part time and casual staff.
The Rail Train and Bus Union (RTBU) responded to a lockout of Pacific National’s Victorian freight train drivers last week by limiting industrial action to two token work bans and agreeing to resume back-room negotiations with the company for eight weeks. While few details of the proposed EBA have been released, the union claims that it includes sweeping wage cuts of up to $19,000 per year for freight train drivers, and the scaling back of conditions, including travel allowances.
The New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission has varied the minimum rates of remuneration and extended the minimum rates obligations to additional geographic areas of New South Wales. These new rates obligations, together with various contractual obligations that were imposed in July 2016, will significantly affect transport operators who engage owner drivers to provide transport services in New South Wales.
The state government will go to the Fair Work Commission to prevent workers at Victoria's biggest energy plant going on strike. It's another dramatic escalation in the 18 month-long battle over pay and conditions at Loy Yang. Workers at Loy Yang have twice knocked back large pay rise offers of 20 per cent over four years, due to concerns about the company's plan to slash minimum staffing levels.
In the largest protest against the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement changes to date, more than 100 people protested outside the power station on Hanson Road. NRG told workers and unions it planned to make a Fair Work Commission application to terminate the current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Workers and unions argue the new arrangement strips them of conditions including changes to over-time pay, penalty rates and redundancy offers.
The Australian Education Union has mounted a calculated misinformation campaign as part of its efforts to ram through a new four-year industrial sell-out agreement covering 55,000 public school staff in the state of Victoria.
Patrick said its stevedores were defying Fair Work Commission and federal court orders to end work bans hitting thousands of grain and cotton exports since April 20 and had now escalated the bans to stock destined for retailers worth tens of millions of dollars. The company said it had offered the union an enterprise agreement providing MUA coverage of the Qube workforce but the union had refused.
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