The Australian Cricketers Association reaffirmed its commitment to a revenue sharing model and emphasised how much wealth the players create. First-class players are paid from an approximate 26 per cent share of revenues they generate. The new MOU has the added complication of including female players for the first time
ABC employees will receive increased paid parental leave and annual 2 per cent wage rises after employees voted to support a new three-year enterprise agreement. Maternity leave will increase from 14 to 16 weeks while spouse or partner leave will double to four weeks under the agreement that includes seven paid days of domestic violence leave.
Australian Hotels Association NT Division said the half-day public holidays for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve could have been confined to the public sector. Emergency services staff, including police and nurses, will benefit from the changes, adding an additional $450,000 in cost to the Territory budget.
The job outsourcing website Airtasker has raised its recommended hourly rate of pay by up to 45% so workers get $21.25 per hour for all tasks after the 15% fee. Minimum wage in Australia is $17.70 per hour as of 1 July.
Coles in June put its employees back on a 2011 enterprise agreement after the 2014 agreement was struck out by the commission because some workers were worse off than the award. The commission said its finding will be relevant when it considers the substantive application requiring a comparison between the award and the agreement.
The agreement between three unions and Victorian Metro Trains includes a 14 per cent in pay rises, free holiday train travel for their families, extra annual leave and bonus pay for roster changes, four weeks’ domestic violence leave and paid leave to participate in major sporting events
Carlton & United Breweries have asked that Fair Work Commission president Iain Ross assist the parties to obtain resolution to a dispute with unions since June after it changed contractors, and 55 maintenance workers were offered their jobs back on substantially reduced pay
United Voice wants Fair Work Commission to set four-year targets for minimum wage to arrest growing inequality, with a "floor" proposed as 60 per cent of the median earnings by 2020. Employers counter the proposal would inhibit annual wage reviews from considering major events or changes to the broader social safety net.
The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission is next week expected to rule on an application by the National Retail Association for stores in southeast Queensland to remain open until midnight for five consecutive days in the week before Christmas.
The Australian Workers Union (AWU) pushed through an agreed 10 percent pay cut for steelworkers at Arrium’s plant in Whyalla, South Australia, late on the week beginning September 26. The pay cut was one aspect of the new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA), designed to make Arrium attractive to a potential buyer.
National builders have slammed the construction union for pursuing a 12.5 per cent, four-year pay deal in Western Australia, claiming the “productivity-free” offer was “out of touch” with conditions across the struggling state construction industry. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union said 600 agreements had been struck in Victoria and 350 in Queensland that delivered annual 5 per cent pay rises to 2020.
The News South Wales Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) has dismissed the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad’s) application to have its members exempted from the changes to the NSW General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD) the ground that NatRoad "does not have standing to make such application". The union criticises NatRoad and the Australian Industry (Ai) Group for seeking changes to the transport awards
The Fair Work Commission issued the interim orders on September 30, ordering Immigration and Border Force staff to cease all protected industrial action pending a final determination of the department's bid for a longer suspension period. The union said that as part of its long-term strategy it would seek to have all protected action terminated instead of suspended as this would trigger a 21-day Fair Work-supervised negotiation period followed by arbitration of any unresolved bargaining claims. The CPSU has criticised the department's pay offer of between 6.4 per cent and 10.7 per cent as failing to account for staff pay freezes over the past three years.
Fair Work Commission not expected to hand down its decision on whether to reduce Sunday penalty rates until the end of 2016 at the earliest. The president of the Fair Work Commission last week floating a flat “loaded” hourly rate in place of penalties as yet another option for paying staff. The Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry has advocated that Saturday and Sunday Rates be the same.
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