New analysis from the Australian Public Service Commission shows bureaucrats at five of the biggest government departments missed out on wage rises valued at $343m.
The public sector union says it will tear up the pay offer it is about to put to members and go after the State Government for more money if Premier Mark McGowan caves in to police. Teachers declined to specify a pay claim in their log of claims to the Government and the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association is poised to put the $1000 offer covering 38,000 employees to a ballot of members
At 5.30pm yesterday, the union instructed its 6500 members to begin “phase three” of its industrial action, which meant officers would remain in police stations unless responding to a priority one or priority two call-out. Police Commissioner Chris Dawson invoked section 401 of the Police Regulations Act, which ordered police to maintain normal operations or face disciplinary action. It’s understood the pay fight will go to arbitration in the WA Industrial Relations Commission later today (27/9/2017). The WA Government’s offer of a $1000 pay rise was rejected in favour of a 1.5% increase
United Voice and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association have both launched last-minute legal bids to overturn the industrial umpire's controversial decision earlier this year to cut penalty rates for workers on Sundays and public holidays. Under the commission's decision, the first cut to penalty rates will be 5 percentage points, with more significant cuts in 2018 and 2019 for fast food and hospitality workers. Retail and pharmacy workers will have cuts to their Sunday penalty rates phased in until 2020.
Property giant Lendlease has averted a ban on tendering for lucrative government work after striking new agreements with the construction union that deliver penalty rates as high as 300 per cent and casual loadings of up to 80 per cent after six weeks. The workers received a 5 per cent pay rise in February, and the wage outcomes in the renegotiated agreements are consistent with the four-year deals done by Lendlease earlier this year that delivered 20 per cent in pay rises.
More than 40 traffic signal electricians from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast depots have walked off the job this morning as part of an ongoing industrial dispute. The dispute was sparked by an alleged changes to the process of staff progression through grading scales and the transition of labour hire employees to full time work.
A Ten-month battle has ended for Gladstone Power Station workers and management. It was confirmed at midnight last night the workforce voted in favour of a new enterprise bargaining agreement following almost a year of negotiations. The new agreement includes a 2.5% pay rise for the next three years and they kept "most of" their conditions. He said another highlight was maintaining redundancy and contractor clause
The ongoing bus strike action in Brisbane has come to end with the Brisbane City Council reaching a wage deal with the drivers, but it has come at a cost to ratepayers. On Thursday, Deputy Mayor and Public Transport chairman Adrian Schrinner announced bus drivers and office workers would receive a one-off $500 bonus and 2.5 per cent wage increase for the next two years, with the possibility of a further increase in the third year.
Fuel giant Caltex is likely to face "enforcement action" from the workplace watchdog as the entire industry was put on notice to clean up persistent issues of underpayment for vulnerable workers. Caltex recently reported it was establishing a $20 million fund to repay underpaid workers engaged by its franchisees and conducting internal audits across its network.
Griffin Coal’s attempt to avoid closing its doors by negotiating salaries and rosters, unsatisfied maintenance employees along with Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union representatives took to the streets of Bunbury last week to continue protests. AMWU South West organiser Brant Softley said as well as the wage cut, employees had potentially lost up to $100,000 in accrued entitlements of long service, sick and annual leave.
A FRANKSTON councillor is pushing for council employees throughout Victoria to be subject to a single enterprise bargaining agreement. The proposal calls on the Fair Work Commission to negotiate a state-wide EBA for all 79 of Victoria’s councils. A 386-274 majority of Frankston Council staff rejected a 1.4 per cent pay rise for the second time last month.
The Australian Education Union has been tussling with the government over a new agreement for almost a year. But the union withdrew from negotiations today. It claims the government wants to increase the workloads of TAFE teachers by up to 20 per cent — from an average of 741 hours to 900
The shop assistants union has lost its bid for workers to get paid leave to donate blood four times a year, after the Fair Work Commission ruled blood could be donated outside work hours.
The Health Services Union (HSU)—in collaboration with the Victorian state Labor government of Premier Daniel Andrews—ended an indefinite strike of around 600 pathology workers across the state late last month.
Sunday workers covered by union pay deals would have to work up to 50 hours during the week to offset the impact of lower Sunday rates, says Department of Employment analysis that contradicts union claims that retail and fast-food workers are adequately compensated. For each hour of Sunday work, it said, a Big W employee would need to work 6.67 hours during the week; a David Jones employee would have to work 6.48 hours; a Pizza Hut worker in Queensland would need to do 5.98 hours; and McDonald’s workers would have to do 4.93 hours.
Union leaders claim 3000 childcare staff will walk off the job at 3.20pm on Thursday 7/9/2017 in support of a 35% increase in wages. United Voice hopes the unprecedented industrial action will force the federal government to bankroll a 35 per cent pay increase, possibly by increasing subsidies to parents.
Arrium's entire Whyalla workforce accepted the 10% wage cut as part of a range of cost-cutting measures from administrator KordaMentha, aimed at making the steelmaker more attractive to potential buyers. GFG Alliance has since purchased the operation.
Lecturers at the University of Sydney’s open day abandoned information booths to join picket lines in protest against the latest university pay offer. The tone of that bargaining at Australian universities has shifted dramatically after Murdoch University in West Australia gave up on routine industrial tactics of negotiation. It applied for – and won – the right to terminate the university's enterprise agreement with staff. It was a landmark decision for a public institution. In this case workers fall back onto award wages which are lower and conditions, won over many years of collective bargaining, can be lost.
New employees at Woolworths are being chased by union officials in their workplace to sign union membership forms. The Fair Work Act does not provide for this conduct. Based on what the Woolworths EBA says its present base rate of pay, a 15-year-old in Queensland is paid $9.92 an hour. But under the terms of the enterprise bargaining agreement, signed by the union a person earned, overall, less than what she would have been paid under the relevant award. Because the EBA does not contain the penalty rates that the award does for the hours the girl works: the busy times, early evenings and weekends. During the week, between 6pm and midnight, the award prescribes a 25 per cent loading and the EBA has none. On Sundays, during the day, the award prescribes 95 per cent and the EBA 50 per cent.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) staff are likely to be paid at financial services market rates under the industry funding arrangements which will see them moved out of the Australian Public Service
Fair Work Commission threw out an enterprise agreement made between transport workers and airport service company Aeorcare because it cut pay and conditions. Some classifications of workers would have received Sunday payments as much as 19 per cent below the awards and 27 per cent below Monday to Friday payments, the FWC decision detailed.
South Australia’s powerful public-service union has declared war on the state’s Labor government less than seven months before the next election as pay-rise talks reach a stalemate. The government insisted on sticking to a 1.5 per cent cap on pay deals for about 37,000 workers after it has reached deals with other unions, including the Nursing and Midwifery Federation, secured pay deals above 1.5 per cent.
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