The SDA has achieved a win for ALDI workers today as the Federal Court (FC) has determined in its favour in a landmark case. Federal Court had determined that a) the Regency Park Agreement 2015 should be treated as a Greenfields agreement b) the Regency Park Agreement 2015 should be treated as a Greenfields agreement
The Rugby League Players Association won't bow to pressure to rush through a new collective bargaining agreement as it is determined to make a ground-breaking retirement fund for NRL players the cornerstone of a raft of initiatives designed to safeguard the futures of the game's stars. The AFL still hasn't formally signed off on their own CBA for next year despite months of prolonged debate.
The hospitality workers’ union is threatening action against more than 700 clubs if they adopt reduced Sunday penalty rates approved by the independent umpire. Legislating in defence of penalty rates, also proposed by the Greens, would override the industrial umpire and flies in the face of Mr Shorten’s warning that it would open the door to future governments unilaterally changing penalty rates through the parliament. Clubs Australia submitted to the industrial umpire its position for a reduction in wages on Sundays of 25 per cent to time-and-a-half (150 per cent) for fulltime, part-time and casual employees under the Registered and Licensed Clubs Award.
Bosses at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have conceded that their 800 public servants have been treated unfairly in the agency's protracted enterprise bargaining process. Commissioner Rod Simms has issued a plea for an end to industrial action by ACCC and Australian Energy Regulator workers. The public service bargaining saga is now entering its fourth year.
Changes to the Registered Organisations Act passed the Senate. The new legislation introduces a Coalition-appointed Registered Organisations Commission that will broadly align the regulation of unions and employer groups with laws governing corporations and company directors. Civil penalties under the new regulator will now range from $18,000 to $216,000 for individuals and as much as $1 million for a body corporate
The proposed building code, will prevent employers agreeing to union claims such as casual, apprentice and labour-hire clauses if they want to get new commonwealth work. Employers fear that hundreds, if not thousands, of companies risk being banned from working on federal government projects because they have enterprise agreements that are not compliant with the 2014 code. Variations to enterprise agreements can only be achieved with employee consent.
Kane Constructions is in conflict with the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union after demanding a new enterprise agreement comply with the code that will take effect only if the Australian Building and Construction Commission becomes law. The new code would apply to enterprise agreements struck since 2014. But the CFMEU is opposed to the 2014 code, refusing to accept its legitimacy given the ABCC bill has not been passed. Up to 15 clauses in existing CFMEU pattern deals would not comply with the new code.
Lendlease has agreed to average annual 5 per cent increases in wages and allowances, as well as 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave in five states, including Queensland, where the union recently took strike action to pressure the property giant. When requested by a majority of employees, Lendlease may also agree to fly union flags on tower cranes. Average annual wage growth Australia-wide is just 2.1 per cent according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.
A survey of 1000 restaurant and café owners revealed businesses would on average open an additional 5.07 hours and employ an additional 3.15 staff on the weekend if there was reform to weekend pay. This would equate to an additional 64,200 hours and 50,600 jobs nationally across the industry.
The controversial proposal for long-service leave to become "portable" for security guards, social workers and contract cleaners will be taken to the Labor Party's state conference on Saturday. Australian Industry Group has indicated that portable schemes increased the cost of long-service leave from less than 1 per cent to 2.7 per cent of payroll.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) workers endorsed a new enterprise agreement at the state-funded broadcaster. The deal covers about 90 percent of the corporation’s almost 5,000 employees and includes 2 percent annual pay rises for the next three years, back-pay from July 1, a $500 “sign-on bonus” and minor improvements in parenting and family violence leave.
Diana Asmar, A highly paid leader of the Health Services Union who cashed out 12 weeks’ maternity leave as a salary top-up and also cashed out $24,035 of annual leave in the same year has been accused of damaging the foundations of an important entitlement that gives time off for working mothers. Senior union officials are also disturbed about Ms Asmar’s payout, saying it devalues the entitlement if a child’s birth can be used to extract extra cash from an employer. Maternity leave is intended as time off — never as a “double-dip” cash bonus
Domestic violence, however well intentioned, the ACTU’s push for 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave and two days’ unpaid leave annually would create more problems than it would solve. As it flowed to millions of workers, it would potentially force companies to provide many staff with up to 20 per cent of the working year off, with pay. Employers are not responsible for domestic violence; they should not be forced to bear additional, heavy cost burdens to deal with it. Many do so already. Significant chunks of sick leave, family leave and other time off is taken by workers to cope with the injuries and after-effects of domestic attacks.
Adelaide’s shipbuilders will begin industrial action against the federally owned ASC shipyards from next week over unprecedented Coalition intervention in their pay negotiations. There was now an expectation the defence manufacturer should fall in line with the Coalition’s public-sector bargaining policy. Mr Thompson said workers had been in pay negotiations with ASC for the past two years, with the government attempting to influence the outcome for the first time in 26 years.
CUB's Abbotsford plant in Melbourne has been facing a union picket since June after it refused to renew its maintenance contract covering 55 workers and instead offered to engage them under significantly lower pay and conditions. Leaked documents from Carlton & United Breweries have revealed the brewer is struggling to meet demand due to low production rates, skill shortages and "excessive financial and people cost", as its Victorian factory enters the fifth month of a long-running industrial dispute.
A UK tribunal found last week that two Uber drivers were not independent contractors running their own business but were "workers" entitled to minimum wages, holiday and sick pay and paid breaks. University of Adelaide law professor Andrew Stewart said its reasoning could "just as easily be adopted by the courts here in Australia".
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