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Industry updates provide employers with advice on important industry issues.



ARTIO NSW Branch Election Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

The following attachments are in relation to the ARTIO NSW Branch Election.

 
ARTIO Stage 3 Election Notice - Branch Representatives to Council Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

ARTIO has received the following notice from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

ARTIO Stage 3 - Branch Representatives to Council Election Notice

Nominations are called for:

  • President
  • Vice-President (2)
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Executive Committee Member (2)

Written nominations which comply with the Organisations Rules must reach the Returning Office no later than 5pm, Friday 1st May 2015.

For more information, please see the attached Election Notice.

 
2014 National Wage Case Decision Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations
National Wage Case Decision 2014
The Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) requires the Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel (Minimum Wage Panel) to conduct and complete a review of minimum wages in modern awards and the national minimum wage in each financial year.  The Minimum Wage Panel of Fair Work Commission today (Wednesday 4th June 2014) released its National Wage Case decision.

The decision provides that:

  • All Modern Award classification scales shall increase by 3.0%.
  • The federal minimum wage for award free employees shall be $640.90 per week (rounded to the nearest 10 cents) or $16.87 per hour.  The hourly rate has been calculated on the basis of a 38 hour week for a full-time employee.  This constitutes an increase $18.70 per week or 0.50 cents per hour.
  • The increases shall apply from the first pay period on or after 1st July 2014.

The ACTU had sought an increase of $27 per week while major employer groups had sort an increase of $8.50 per week.

The Minimum Wage Panel in their decision stated “The minimum wage panel said factors favouring a real increase in minimum wages included "the deterioration in the relative living standards of award-reliant workers, the needs of the low paid, the recent widespread improvement in labour productivity growth, the historically low levels of real unit labour costs and the absence in aggregate of cost pressures".

“The panel said the 0.25% SGL increase due on July 1 was a moderating factor, but did not quantify its impact on the amount awarded.”

“We have not taken into account the proposed repeal of the existing carbon price arrangements or the proposed changes to the tax-transfer system announced in the 2014–15 Budget. It has been a long-standing practice of the Commission and its predecessors to determine the matters before it on the basis of the existing legislative framework and not otherwise.”

“Relative living standards and the needs of the low paid are among the matters we are required to take into account in the fixation of minimum wages. The Panel has considered a range of measures of living costs and price inflation. The real value of award minimum wages and the NMW would decline if an adjustment below the rate of inflation were awarded. The CPI increased by 2.9 percent over the year to the March quarter 2014. The real value of award minimum wages and the NMW is a relevant consideration for the Panel.”

Members who have Workplace Agreements in place will need to ensure that their agreement rates meet or exceed the new minimum award rates and if the agreement pay increases are linked to the panel’s decision, the pay rates will need to be adjusted within the Workplace Agreement accordingly.

The increases can be absorbed into any amounts now being paid over and above the relevant minimum rates.  However be aware the Fair Work Ombudsman makes it clear that over award pay-rates can NOT off-set other award entitlements (e.g. penalties or loadings) unless there is formal agreement in place.  Rates for juniors, trainees and apprentices will also be adjusted, as usual, on a proportionate basis.

ARTIO can provide first class assistance to any operator who seeks to formalise the employment conditions in their workplace in an Agreement certified by Fair Work Commission.

Should members have any queries in relation to the above or its application, please contact your local ARTIO Branch for assistance.

The new Wage Summary Sheets (effective 1st July 2014) containing the relevant Modern Award(s) Pay Rate adjusted by the 3% and adjustments to allowances, can now be downloaded.

 
2013/14 ARTIO National Financial Accounts Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

The ARTIO National Financial Statements for the 2013/14 Financial year along with the supporting paperwork were presented to, and accepted at a Committee of Management meeting on the 11th February 2015.  

To view the document please click here.

 
2012 National Wage Case Decision Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

In its third decision since taking over from the Australian Fair Pay Commission, the Minimum Wage Panel of Fair Work Australia today (1st June 2012) released its National Wage Case decision.

The decision provides that:
•    All Modern Award classification scales shall increase by 2.9%.
•    The federal minimum wage for award free employees shall be $606.40 per week or $15.96 per hour.  This constitutes an increase $17.10 per week or 0.45 cents per hour.
•    The increases shall apply from the first pay period on or after 1st July 2012.

The ACTU had sought an increase of $26 per week while major employer groups had sort an increase between $9 and $14 per week. The minimum wage panel rejected arguments that employees should be compensated through the minimum wage adjustment for cost increases associated with the carbon tax and that this year's increase should be discounted for the carbon price compensation package.

Members who have Workplace Agreements in place will need to ensure that their agreement rates meet or exceed the new minimum award rates and if the agreement pay increases are linked to the panel’s decision, the pay rates will need to be adjusted within the Workplace Agreement accordingly.

The increases can be absorbed into any amounts now being paid over and above the relevant minimum rates.  However be aware the Fair Work Ombudsman makes it clear that over award pay-rates can NOT off-set other award entitlements (e.g. penalties or loadings) unless there is formal agreement in place.  Members must ensure that pay rates satisfy what would have been otherwise payable.  Rates for juniors, trainees and apprentices will also be adjusted, as usual, on a proportionate basis.

QTA Ltd through the services of our Employment Relations Manager, Travis Degen can provide first class assistance to any operator who seeks to formalise the employment conditions in their workplace in an Agreement certified by Fair Work Australia.

Should you have any queries in relation to the above or its application, please contact the ARTIO Branch in your State or Territory, details can be found here.

New Wage Summary Documents Now Available

To access a copy of the new wage summaries for the Road Transport & Distribution Award 2010, Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010 or the Clerks - Private Sector Award 2010 and Waste Management Award 2010,  which come into effect on the first pay period on or after the 1st July 2012, please click on the relevant award below.


 
ARTIO election Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations
An update is provided on the recent Australian Road Transport Industrial Organization Election, as required under legislation by Fair Work Australia. Download the report
 
Minister Albanese Announces Safe Rates Legislation Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

CEO, Peter Garske and President, Tim Squires representing QTA Ltd and ARTIO Queensland Branch were present today at the Safe Rates Summit held in Parliament House, Canberra, addressed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese MP.

In his speech, Minister Albanese announced that he will table in Caucus and the House of Representatives this week a Bill to provide for Safe Rates.  The Bill will compliment the Fair Work and existing road law and new Legislation/Regulation e.g. NHVR, to provide the opportunity for long term viability, and road safety outcomes, to be overseen by an appropriately constituted Tribunal.

In his address to the Summit QTA President, Tim Squires (who held a position on the Safe Rates Advisory Committee reporting to DWEER over the last 12 months) said “Let’s talk about Safe Rates ... sustainable rates, sustainable incomes and sustainable profit margins.  Legislation needs to be a mechanism by which all in the supply chain ... (have) the opportunity to be heard.  There is a responsibility to address education and cultural change to guarantee safety within the industry”.

The Summit heard from Politicians (Ministers and Senators), academics, drivers, owner drivers and Industry Operators and employers.

QTA Ltd/ARTIO Qld Branch will analyse the Bill once tabled and provide a comprehensive report to Members.  The Association will engage in any necessary Political and or Industry debate on this issue which it appears will have its foundation in Employment Law and Workplace Relations.

 

 
ARTIO Wins FWO Shared Industry Assistance Program (SIAP) Funding Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

Members will be aware that the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) conducts its service to members in relation to obligations under the Fair Work Act and the framework of the nation’s Modern Award system through our registered Union of Employers, the ARTIO.  In late 2009, we presented to industry the Fair Work Education Program through a series of State wide seminars/workshops, under a funding agreement with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

ARTIO has again been successful in being awarded funding to build upon that previous information and education campaign.

ARTIO is required to prepare and deliver materials which, once approved by the Fair Work Australia (FWO), will be distributed. Seminars are being delivered in March/April across Australia as part of the Shared Industry Assistance Program (SIAP).  The seminars are being jointly delivered by ARTIO and the FWO. (for more venues and dates of the seminars please keep reading)

 
An Employer's Right to Stand Down Employees: Overview Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

ARTIO Queensland Branch has been approached by a number of members seeking clarification of the Law in relation to stand-down where employees can not be gainfully employed due to flooding and or freight dislocation.

 
Paid Parental Leave Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

Further to our previous article on the Paid Parental Leave Scheme under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 members should be aware of other employee entitlements under the Fair Work Act 2009 when it comes to parental responsibility.  The National Employment Standards (NES) in the Fair Work Act provides for Parental Leave and Requests for flexible work arrangements.

 
Casual Employees & Unfair Dismissal Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

Members are urged to carefully manage the termination of Casual employees in light of the Fair Work Act and a recent decision by Fair Work Australia.

Under the previous legislation it was generally difficult for a casual employee to claim unfair dismissal, however under the Fair Work Act, it is no longer the case that a casual employee can be dismissed without the risk of an unfair dismissal claim.

 
Australian Electoral Commission Declares ARTIO Branch Committees Elected Print
Industry Updates - Industrial Relations

The Australian Electoral Commission has declared ARTIO Branch Committees Elected as per provisions of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.

Further details will be available in coming weeks.

 
Salary Sacrifice: Clarification Given by Fair Work Australia Print
Industry Updates - Superannuation

Fair Work Australia (FWA) clarified a long standing anomaly in Industrial Relations Law that will have real benefits for employees wanting to sacrifice part of their wages into, for example, superannuation.

 
Paid Parental Leave: Employer Obligations Print
Industry Updates - Leave

The Federal Government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme will commence on 1st January 2011. This article will explain to members how the scheme will work in practice and what steps employers will need to take.

 


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