Serco TCS Survey

On the 31st of December SERCO finally issued the bargaining notices, meaning we will now be bargaining for a new EBA. This is the result of ASU members sticking together, signing up their fellow co-workers, and putting pressure on Serco to come to the bargaining table via the majority support petition. The next step is…

Are you on a fixed-term contract? Jane’s story.

An ASU member, Jane* had her employment terminated reached, with the assistance of the ASU, a settlement as part of an unfair dismissal claim where the employer had been arguing that her termination occurred because a fixed term contract has expired. The case involved the employer arguing that whilst the contract itself did not specifically identify…

Back to work from maternity or parental leave?

The ASU receives many queries and often participates in disputes around members returning to work from maternity leave who are seeking flexible working arrangements in order they can juggle work and family commitments. Under the Fair Work Act 2009 provisions exist to enable such employees to request flexible work arrangements which the employer can reject…

Minimum Award rates increase

Each year the Fair Work Commission reviews all the pay rates and allowance payments under all of the Awards and makes the adjustments as it deems necessary or fair. For 2015 all Award wages have been adjusted by 2.5% as well as the national minimum wage which is now $17.29 an hour. This is effective…

Reasonable hours of work and overtime

The ASU has been dealing with a number of enquiries regarding hours and reasonable overtime. The queries have mainly come from individuals who have an individual contract as part of their conditions of employment. Some of these employees on individual contracts are also not covered by either an Enterprise Agreement or Award usually because of…

The review of Workplace Relations and what it means for me

The Abbott Government recently announced they would ask the Productivity Commission to conduct a review of Australia’s ‘workplace relations framework’. We’ve been asked by many members what this actually means.  Simply put, it means the Abbott Government is seeking to have the Commission review the laws and the Federal Government institutions that oversee these laws…