The Fair Work Commission had twice ruled that apprentices in Queensland should have been paid under federal awards rather than low-paying state awards.
But the Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Queensland and group training outfit All Trades Queensland and Master Builders Queensland appealed a commission full bench ruling to the Federal Court.
The court today rejected the appeal, prompting the Electrical Trades Union to declare it would seek backpay on behalf of more than 4000 apprentices.
Workers at Streets ice cream have endorsed major productivity concessions under a peace deal that will see multinational Unilever drop its threat to terminate an enterprise agreement and unions end their attempted consumer boycott of the company’s iconic ice cream brands. The agreement, which includes pay rises totalling five per cent starting from the end of next year, Unilever, greed to withdraw its termination application, not cut the pay of workers, retain redundancy provisions and keep a 12-hour shift structure.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) last week pushed through a new enterprise work agreement (EBA) covering production workers at Griffin Coal in the Western Australian town of Collie.
The three-year EBA slashes hourly pay rates by 25 percent. This, combined with reduced working hours and employer superannuation (pension) contributions, will result in workers’ annual earnings plunging 35 percent from about $140,000 a year to just $90,000.
WA’s 6800 police officers have received a new pay offer from the State Government in a last-ditch bid to try to settle the long-running and bitter dispute before it goes to arbitration.
The details of the offer are yet to be made public but it is understood it includes no extra money.
James Packer’s Crown Resorts has caved in to a union campaign, agreeing to reinstate poker-machine technicians on union-negotiated wages and conditions and pay them compensation. Mr Gray said he recently was approached by Crown executive Karl Bitar, and a deal to reinstate the technicians on their former pay and conditions was reached on Thursday night
Latrobe Valley unionists have called on EnergyAustralia to honour a Fair Work Commission full bench decision to award casual workers an overtime loading rate.
Supermarket giant Coles has agreed to fast-track a vote on a new workplace agreement that will pay much higher penalty rates as part of a settlement of a massive underpayment case against it. Workers would receive transition payments for the period between a successful vote and when the new agreement takes effect. The transition payments would be made once the agreement takes effect. The proposed deal is estimated to cost Coles up to $10 million as it will now pay award-level penalty rates to permanent weekend and late-night employees, and give a one-off $475 payment to full-time employees in lieu of backpay.
Weekday workers will receive only small pay rises equal to half the annual minimum wage increase, or $11.10 extra each week.
Public servants moving into the Home Affairs mega-department face losing workplace conditions as its future boss signals he wants them to join Immigration's industrial agreement. Under Australian Public Service guidelines, staff transferring from one department to another must receive the more lucrative of salaries that applied for their classification immediately before and after their move. But most commonly they have to adopt conditions set in the workplace agreement of the receiving agency.
DP World Australia is urging union members to call off the scheduled 24-hour stoppage on November 8 at Sydney's Port Botany. The proposed strike is related to ongoing negotiations over a replacement enterprise agreement for the Sydney workforce and involves the Port Authority of New South Wales, the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).
About 200 teachers and support staff rallied at Rydges Capital Hill in protest of the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations' refusal to budge on a disputes clause within its proposed new employment agreement. The Independent Education Union wants the contract to include the right to call in the Fair Work Commission for arbitration on disputes that can't be settled in-house. The commission would rather maintain the status quo, where such a deal hasn't been made in writing.
The decision in the Fair Work Commission on Wednesday to terminate the deals, which takes effect in 12 weeks, will result in more than 20,000 Domino's workers getting paid award penalty rates and casual loadings. Some of the agreements between Domino's and the conservative Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association have been in place for more than a decade. The decision sets an important precedent as dozens of major retail and fast food employers have similar agreements with the SDA.
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