ANAO Superannuation Audit

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is currently seeking the views of ASU members to gauge the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in ensuring employers comply with their Superannuation Guarantee obligation payments to employees.. There are many instances when employers fail to make regular payments, and put members’ entitlements at risk. For example,…

Compulsory medical examinations at work

The ASU has recently had a number of enquiries from members being forced to attend medical examinations conducted by a medical practitioner of the employer’s choice. Some employers have also sought more detailed information from the employee’s medical practitioner regarding the nature of the employee’s sick leave. The particular issues raised have been different depending…

Update: New bullying legislation

Since 1 January 2014 the Fair Work Commission, under new legislation introduced by the former Gillard Government, has been able to deal with complaints regarding bullying at the workplace. The powers of the Commission enable it to conciliate between the parties. If that cannot be achieved, it can then make necessary orders in relation to…

What are my redundancy rights?

The ASU receives many enquiries from members who are facing the prospect of being made redundant (or retrenched). Being retrenched can be a very unpleasant process which can be emotionally and psychologically draining but the ASU can assist you in dealing with a redundancy and whether it is being or has been done an appropriate…

Coles to slash over 400 jobs?

After much speculation, Coles has today confirmed with the Australian Services Union the parameters of its massive restructure this morning in its Tooronga offices in Melbourne. ASU Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, says that she is glad that jobs will not be offshored but still maintains that job losses of this magnitude is deeply worrying in…

Coles: Where are the jobs going?

Fairfax media has reported today that Coles plans to cut between 500 and 600 jobs from its head office in Melbourne tomorrow as part of a renewed efficiency drive. ASU Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, received no notification from the company, but says that if it is accurate, the union will seek information from Coles about…