More strike action is planned for the AFL grand final week, with ticket inspectors refusing to check myki cards on grand final day. They were in talks Thursday afternoon with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union saying that a deal was imminent. The union has planned a four-hour stop work action on October 1, along with a series of uniform bans, and refusal to skip stations.
The return of contractors to the mainstream of BHP Billiton's Queensland's coal business is built on a union-endorsed workplace agreement that reduces basic pay for some jobs at the Blackwater mine by up to 25 per cent. Downer EDI aims to get the job done for up to 60 per cent less.
Staff from the DIBP have voted against the government’s pay offer of 3.4 percent over three years. The CPSU said the agreement represented cuts to multiple allowances, leave and rights to arrangements.
The Community and Public Sector Union, which represents the workers, said staff who process passengers on international flights would stop work for two hours during the morning and afternoon peak periods until September 30. It said the government was flying in large teams of managers around the country to act as strike breakers at large expense to taxpayers.
The state government, AWU, AMWU and CEPU - on Monday signed the no-strike accord with the government, saying industrial disputes will not affect project delivery at the proposed Adelaide submarine construction site.
Employees will receive a 14 per cent pay rise over four years as well as two separate cash payments totalling three per cent, Yarra Trams said in a statement on Friday. Trauma and family violence leave will be introduced in new enterprise agreements while maternity leave, secondary carer's leave and bereavement leave will be increased.
The Australian Border Force is preparing for "surge deployments" of its officers as widespread strike action by officials around Australia next week. The DIBP's 13500 workers voted no, on a pay proposal of 3.4 per cent over three years, one of the lowest on offer in the public service, with Customs officers who have transferred to the Border Force to be hit hardest by the loss of allowances and entitlements.
CUB staff at Melbourne’s Abbotsford plant has voted in favour of stoppages, after seven months of pay negotiations broke down. United Voice has refused to comment on the state of negotiations with brewers, or on the industrial action plans, while the CFMEU referred questions to United Voice.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that private sector wages, excluding bonuses, grew just 0.5 percent in the June quarter, or 2.2 percent for the year, seasonally adjusted. The public sector’s increase was marginally higher, at 0.7 percent per quarter and 2.5 percent for 2014–15. Morgan Stanley analysts calculated that the average wage rose by just 0.4 percent in 2014–15, taking it to $73,000. Taking the official inflation rate of 1.5 percent for 2014–15 into account, there was a real wage decline of 1 percent.
Workers at the Commonwealth's largest department, Human Services, voted by an overwhelming 83 per cent to 17 per cent to reject a 1.5 per cent pay deal. Department of Social Services staff voted by a narrow 52 to 48 per cent margin to approve the deal they had been offered.
Many Australian Public Service staff are rebelling and voting down proposed enterprise agreements (EA) in the midst of what they say is the Abbott government’s lack of respect for them. They say the government’s brutal approach to negotiations comes after 18 months of tussling over the EAs of around 160,000 Commonwealth staff.
Negotiations for workplace deals with the Commonwealth Bank and ANZ Bank are at a delicate stage and are now under embargo, where the terms under discussion are confidential. These could be delayed if the current battle between the union’s leadership continues. The Westpac deal broke the nexus between workers’ salaries and sales targets, which the FSU has repeatedly characterised as conflicted remuneration that’s not in the best interests of customers. It was seen as a significant win, along with pay increases of 3.5 per cent and 3.25 per cent in the first two years of the three-year agreement for employees earning up to $75,000 a year.
Australia's two-match series in the United States to face the Women's World Cup champions has been called off as negotiations continue over a new collective bargaining agreement. The union is seeking an increase in wages, international match payments, improvements in accommodation, and other benefits for the women's team. Team player makes 21,000 Australian dollars
The Australian Industry Group extended their call for cuts to weekend penalty rates in the retail, fast food and hospitality industry. They called for a lower bar for a termination of agreements including the right to change pay deals after they have been struck to prevent companies sending jobs offshore in times of financial difficulty.
Unions representing workers at CSL Behring's plasma manufacturing site have conducted rolling stoppages in support of wage claims totalling 11.5 per cent over three years plus an increase in allowances paid to employees. CSL is offering 9.75 per cent in pay rises but is refusing to increase the allowances, which it says are "quite generous" compared to those paid by its competitors. The offer, which has been separately accepted by workers at CSL's vaccine and pharmaceutical business, bioCSL.
TWO hundred Tasmanian underground miners face losing 10 per cent of their pay if unions cannot convince contractor Barminco to find another way to slash its expenses. Workers across interstate sites where Barminco has contracts have been given the same ultimatum as the contractor looks to cut costs by $18 million this financial year.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union have indicated that the next four-hour strike will take trams off Melbourne's streets between 10am and 2pm on Thursday 11th. The union has recently knocked back a pay offer which includes a 17 per cent rise over four years because of changes to workers' conditions.
RAIL, Tram and Bus Union members at Metro Trains held another four-hour stoppage on Saturday between 2am and 6am.The early morning strike caused very few issues for Melbourne commuters, the RTBU said. Metro Trains and the union are expected to resume talks on Monday. The union has recently knocked back a pay offer which includes a 17 per cent rise over four years because of changes to workers' conditions. Further strikes are scheduled for the 10th Sept.
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has been campaigning hard against new departmental EBA offers that cut wages and conditions and are urging members to vote no. Staff at the federal Department of Human Services (DHS) started voting on a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) on September 4. Nine enterprise agreements have so far been agreed under the government's harsh bargaining policy: three at NBN Co and one each at ComSuper, the Australian Office of Financial Management, Treasury, the Australian Public Service Commission, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Communications.
Unions have reached an agreement with employers at the Gorgon liquefied natural gas project on Barrow Island, averting proposed strike action. The deal provides for a roster of 23 days on and 10 days off, as well as a 5 per cent pay rise.
The Public Service Commission has also given itself a six-month deadline by March 2016 to settle the wage disputes raging across the 160,000-strong bureaucracy, before getting started on a whole new set of employment guidelines. The commission's corporate plan for the next four years reveals a vision of workplace flexibility and deregulation, the cutting of red tape, and a sweeping transformation of public service working life, including hiring, firing and basic employment conditions
Business is warning that unions could flex their muscle in enterprise bargaining negotiations to pressure companies to increase employer-provided paid parental leave to make up lost ground if the government’s “double dipping” changes are passed. The government’s amendments, seek to scale back the ability of mothers to access both the 18-week minimum wage PPL scheme and their employer-provided entitlements.
Gorgon workers belonging to the Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union, Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union and the Electrical Trades Union. Will strike on 7th and 11th September, demanding family-friendly rosters at the LNG plant on Barrow Island.
Trade unions have served notice of a 24-hour strike to hit Chevron's $US54 billion Gorgon liquefied natural gas project in Western Australia on Friday. They want to change their roster from 26 days on, nine off to what the unions say is a more family-friendly schedule of 20 days on and 10 off.
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