CAIRNS Regional Council’s salary negotiation stalemate will drag on well into next year as unions have applied to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to cleave the enterprise bargaining agreement down the middle, allowing deals for office workers and outdoor workers to be negotiated separately.
More than 150 Tasmanian schools to start late due to teacher strikes. Unions said the State Government's proposal, which included the recruitment of 95 specialist teachers by the end of next year and a reduction of contact hours for primary school teachers, failed to address workload issues and was contingent on teachers not going ahead with strike action.
Workers at Boom Logistics' depots at Port Kembla, Newcastle and Singleton walked off the job after Fair Work Commissioner Bernie Riordan last month knocked back the company's claim that the union was engaged in illegal pattern bargaining. Boom Logistics said in a market update on Friday that it had negotiated a new agreement for each of the depots and indicated that it would seek to pass on at least some of the cost to customers. Boom will now update its pricing model for casual hire and non-contracted lifting services to reflect the terms of the new EBAs
NSW public sector employees, including teachers, nurses and police, will be able to take up to 10 days paid domestic violence leave from next year.
The Fair Work Commission’s generous 3.5 per cent minimum wage increase disappeared with barely a trace in the official report for wage inflation from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. People did get the minimum wage increase. ABS analysis shows the number of people receiving wage increases of between 3 and 4 per cent has risen from 10 per cent in 2017 to 22 per cent in the latest quarter, and this would reflect the minimum wage rise.
Construction of a key Andrews government transport project, the West Gate Tunnel, is in industrial strife after the toll road's builders failed to strike a deal with the state’s powerful building unions. the consortium of construction firms building the $6.7 billion road went to the Fair Work Commission on Friday.
It was expected about 3000 staff across Queensland schools would take part in Monday's strike. The Government has indicated that in the current round of bargaining, the wage offer for all agreements, in line with current government's wages policy, is 2.5 per cent per annum over three years. The previous collective agreement expired on August 31.
Hundreds of workers at appliance retailer Godfreys are to receive substantial pay rises after the Fair Work Commission rejected the company’s opposition and terminated a nine-year-old, non-union enterprise agreement containing pay rates significantly below the award minimum.
South Australian teachers and school support officers have entered a new phase of combat against the Liberal state government in response to the government’s refusal to continue negotiations for a new enterprise agreement. Unions are asking for a minimum of 6% per annum
Critical support and administration staff at Airservices Australia walked off the job for 24 hours on Wednesday as negotiations over a new Enterprise Agreement (EA) between the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). Airservices Australia is seek to limit any wage increase to 2 percent per annum, in line with the federal Liberal-National government’s cap on wage increases.
Not content with closing schools and disrupting families last week, the Australian Education Union is again threatening more disruption, despite a payrise offer on the table from the Government. The Government is offering a fair and affordable payrise of 6 per cent over three years
A dispute over backpay for health workers from Tweed Heads to Grafton has come to a head with the Health Service Union (HSU) saying that they are taking the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission over a laundry allowance that workers have not been receiving.
The Australian Workers Union has been caught trying to reignite indefinite strike action at Alcoa's operations so workers could attend Australian Council of Trade Unions rallies. The Fair Work Commission ruled AWU representatives in Western Australia engaged in "divisive" tactics and weren't genuinely trying to bargain when they served Alcoa with notice of indefinite work stoppages from October 17, the eve of ACTU Change The Rules protests in the state. The notice came just weeks after the AWU had struck an agreement in principle with Alcoa to end a 57-day strike affecting its refineries at Pinjarra, Wagerup and Kwinana.
University of Canberra staff who are union members will strike on Thursday (1 November) as negotiations on a new agreement falter and UC pushes ahead with a vote on its offer. Key sticking points being professional staff and academic workloads, job security and the Assistant Professor scheme.
Council staff stopped work for more than an hour on Thursday to hear the outcome of negotiations between Upper Lachlan Shire Council and the United Services Union (USU). The union asked the council’s executive management to halt the downgrading of positions in the works and operations department.
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