More than 89 per cent of eligible employees at ANZ bank voted for the new two-year agreement which will see the lender pay salary increases of between 3.5 and 5 per cent in 2015, covering around 21,000 Australian employees. ANZ will also pay superannuation contributions for the full period of parental leave of up to 24 months, and offer the ability to use paid sick leave to go to preventative medical appointments or pre-natal appointments related to a partner's pregnancy.
The SA Wine Industry Association wants to halve the minimum engagement time casual employees are entitled to work, from four to two hours. They claimed they often have to send home large numbers of casual vineyard workers after one to two hours of work due to weather, yet were still obliged to pay the remainder of the minimum engagement.
The Rail Tram and Bus Union in Queensland, along with other unions, are asking the Fair Work Commission to green light the balloting of members about a possible strike. The RTBU is asking Queensland Rail to address the concerns workers had over “insecure employment, where contracting out, labour hire and casual employment is becoming a free-for-all”.
Queensland rail workers are set to strike over poor job security and a prolonged pay freeze.
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) pushed through a deal at mass meetings of Hutchison workers in Brisbane and at Port Botany in Sydney on Monday. It is expected that some of the details of the agreement will include at least 65 jobs will be made redundant and the official working-week extended from 30 to 32 hours, reducing overtime and cutting take-home pay. Other measures include the introduction of casuals. The cost-cutting will be implemented through a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) and an “enhanced voluntary redundancy” package. Those taking redundancy will receive 26 weeks’ pay—20 weeks more than in the previous agreement—with the possible option of being rehired in the unlikely event that container-handling volumes increase. Anyone rehired, however, will be employed on casual rates.
Workers at the BlueScope steel plant at Port Kembla, in the city of Wollongong, have been voting yesterday and today on whether to accept a company-union agreement which will include a reduction of 500 more jobs and impose a three-year wage freeze.
It is common to find aspirational statements in enterprise agreements. Often they are simply intended to extol organisational aims, rather than create binding obligations. Although permissible, the danger of such statements is that they might be construed as creating binding obligations, which carry with them penal consequences for non-compliance as demonstrated in National Tertiary Education Union v La Trobe University  FCAFC 142 (8 October 2015).
BHP Billiton this week axed its Port Hedland harbour tug contract with international shipping giant Teekay. Instead, the mining giant has retained the services of the traditionally non-unionised Rivtow, a subsidiary of Brisbane's Riverside Marine. The Teekay unions had demanded a 38 per cent pay rise for Port Hedland tugboat workers already earning up to $390,000 a year. At those prices the company said it would struggle to remain competitive. Teekay expects the lost contract to cost 225 jobs and the unions must now explain to its members what has happened to their jobs.
Immigration and Australian Border Force officers staged a 24-hour protected strike on the 9/11/2015. The CPSU’s indicated that more than 10,000 workers had voted against the proposed cuts, estimated to reduce the pay of some staff by up to $20,000.
United Firefighters Union Victoria said firefighters would increase administrative bans and post campaign material as part of their industrial action in support of their demands for a new EBA. This pay claim would see middle-ranking senior firefighters earning $1643 a week and earning $2610 a week by the middle of 2018, before allowances.
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The United Voice WA says that education support workers had agreed to accept the proposed wage policy - an increase of 2.25 per cent for 2016 and then 2.5 per cent increases for the following two years - but only if a commitment was made that jobs would not be privatised during the three-year deal. Work bans have been in place since October 26, with education support workers refusing to do some of their duties - including emptying bins and cleaning the yards.
Football Federation Australia and a players' union have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that covers the domestic A-League and both men's and women's national teams for four years. The agreement meant increases in players' pay and improved conditions for all three groups. It will see an increase for top-tier players on the women's Matildas team to 41,000 Australian dollars a year ($29,300).
The Health Services Union will appear in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to argue against the state government's proposal to change the insurance scheme for ambulance officers. The review of the death and disability award was triggered when the long-term cost to the government was likely to exceed 3.6 per cent of salaries.
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