We've had some great wins in the past month in a number of important areas for members. State and Local Government Awards On 1st September, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission brought down a decision in the State Wage Case 2017 to increase Awards by 3.3% - the biggest in a decade. Your Union has fought and won better pay for workers under the State and Local Government Award. Labour Hire Licensing Scheme The Queensland Government has introduced a new...
The AEC has provided the Union with a report regarding the outcome of the recent AWU Queensland Branch election. A copy of the relevant AEC report is available upon request to the National Office or the Queensland Branch.
Australian Workers’ Union Queensland has previously condemned the FairWork Commission’s move to slash Sunday and public holiday penalty rate loading to employees in hospitality, retail, hair and beauty, and pharmacy sectors as a devastating outcome for workers. “The FairWork Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates for people who are sacrificing their weekends and public holidays has been a kick in the guts for our members,” Steve Baker said. “The Commission’s...
We're seeing more organisations attempting to shift from full-time secure jobs by outsourcing to labour hire contractors. These moves which slash full time employment in favour of insecure labour hire jobs is a kick in the guts for workers. In local government, the AWU has found many full-time positions have been contracted out to labour hire, with some Councils planning to outsource even more work. These labour hire workers are denied the same conditions and...
AWU Acting Secretary Steve Baker said the Union welcomes moves by the Queensland Government to strengthen laws and operational practises following the release of the Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. “The AWU has fought long and hard for greater transparency when it comes to safety at theme parks,” Steve said. “We’ve been raising concerns for quite some time with theme park management about appropriate staffing levels and training for...
Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) Acting Secretary Steve Baker has condemned plans by the Gold Coast City Council to slash full time Council employment in favour of labour hire jobs as a kick in the guts for Council’s workers. “The AWU has identified that many full-time positions have already been contracted out to labour hire, which is why we are seeking a provision in the enterprise agreement to protect workers through secure jobs. “We have been pushing hard for a...
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