Penalty rates arrangements blow to 700,000 workers

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has confirmed the penalty rate wage cuts for 700,000 workers will begin in less than four weeks. The transitional arrangements for the penalty rate cuts will ensure the pain that workers face will be a long, drawn out process, with wage cuts every year over the next three to four […]

Nurses and midwives also at risk of losing penalty rates

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says new legal advice regarding the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) recent decision on penalty rates confirms its fears that nurses and midwives working in some parts of the health and aged care sectors are also at risk of losing their penalty rates and entitlements. […]

No need for Abbott’s Productivity Commission inquiry – ACTU

A new report by the Fair Work Commission shows there is no evidence to support the need for a Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace relations. The Australian Workplace Relations Study (AWRS) is one of the most significant studies of Australian workplace relations in 20 years, involving 3,000 businesses and 8,000 employees. ACTU President Ged Kearney […]

Penalty rates decision an attack on lowest paid

Unions are alarmed at a decision by the Fair Work Commission which will see the pay packets of the most vulnerable in our working community reduced by 14% on Sundays. ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said that the Fair Work Commission has carved out the most vulnerable workers and decided that they are entitled to less. […]

Abbott wants to erode Fair Work Commission

The Abbott Government’s attempt to introduce an appeals body to amend decisions made by the Fair Work Commission is another attempt to strip back workers’ rights, the ACTU said on Saturday. ACTU President Ged Kearney said media reports on that day made it clear that the Abbott Government wanted to reduce the FWC’s power to […]

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