More than 11,000 Northern Territory public sector workers will gain access to a 12% wage increase over the next four years if the Fair Work Commission certifies the proposed Northern Territory Public Sector 2013 – 2017 Enterprise Agreement, which only about 25% of the workforce ultimately supported.
In a ruling that suggests there might be a role for arbitration of flexible hours' requests under enterprise agreements, the FWC has rejected an IT administrator's bid to move to a four-day working week to care for his disabled mother and mother-in-law, finding that the cost to his employer would outweigh the benefits to him.
An in-principle agreement between Holden and the AMWU will be put to the company's Fishermans Bend engine plant employees at meetings from 6am tomorrow, with vehicle union secretary Dave Smith confident it will end the dispute over redundancy packages.
Holden and the vehicle unions were back in the Fair Work Commission this afternoon, with the company seeking return-to-work orders against Melbourne workers who remain on strike over its involuntary redundancy package.
In a dispute about whether a Sydney school teacher was constructively dismissed or resigned during settlement negotiations, the FWC has ordered the IEU to hand over its file on the former Knox Grammar School educator despite its misgivings about compelling the production of "without prejudice" documents. Meanwhile, Victorian public schools and their staff have settled a dispute over salary progression.
A new FWC ruling has again demonstrated the need for employers to strictly comply with the stiffer post-2012 requirements for advising employees of their right to appoint bargaining agents, with Commissioner Tim Lee refusing on Friday to approve an agreement covering Boral's Tasmanian drivers despite its endorsement by all representatives including the TWU.
The Abbott Government has asked the Productivity Commission to complete an inquiry by October next year into childcare and early childhood learning, including opening times to suit modern working hours and the feasibility of employer-provided options.
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