Hands off our entitlements, Abbott

The Australian Services Union applauds the commitment by the crossbench Senators to stand with Australian workers against the Abbot Government’s unfair changes to the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG). FEG (formerly knows as GEERS) was one of the central safeguards that ensured workers who were caught up with the Ansett collapse got assistance when they were…

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Bargaining has begun at SMCT

Representatives of the ASU met with Patty Holten and Lauren Laidlaw of SMCT on Friday 31st October to discuss preliminary issues around bargaining for the next indoor agreement. The following summarises key points. SMCT not bound by Victorian Government Industrial Relations Policy? Contrary to recent Management Communications, Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust is not a “Public…

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Know Your Rights: Sick Leave at QBT

All employees, other than casuals, are entitled to sick leave when they are unable to work due to personal injury or illness. The amount of paid sick leave you are entitled to is covered under your EBA. Should you need to provide documentation to support your leave, Statutory Declarations (Stat Decs) as well as medical…

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Toll Ramp & Cargo Enough is Enough

ASU Members have had enough! On Monday 17 November ASU members attended a series of briefings about the current state of the EBA negotiations. After a full overview was given to all those in attendance it became very apparent that members were sick to death of the constant and continual delays that have occurred during…

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Qantas International Announcment

Ever since Qantas announced the creation of a new Qantas international entity when they announced the company results, Qantas unions have been seeking clarification about whether the new company would be an employing entity and whether it would affect the terms and conditions of existing employees’ working in the Qantas international business. The ACTU on…

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Toll Dnata not taking employees seriously

On Thursday 20 November your representatives again met with the company to continue the EBA negotiations. As outlined at our recent members meetings it was our expectation that the company would take seriously the compromise position put by your negotiating team. This significant compromise by the Unions in the interest of trying to reach an…

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Dnata to buyout Toll

Today you would have received an email from Daniela Marsilli outlining Dnata’s decision to buy out Toll’s share of the business making the company 100% owned by Dnata. In the communication Daniela stated; “Toll Group and dnata have reached an agreement that will see dnata acquire Toll’s 50 per cent share in the company. This…

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Virgin Payroll Review Update

Your ASU representatives met with the company on 1 December to discuss the recent payroll review and to table the petition signed by so many Virgin staff members. The ASU strongly believes that Virgin should not deduct incorrectly credited annual leave from team members.  Incorrect leave balances have occurred due to company errors, yet Virgin…

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SMCT – Rollover not in Employees Interests

The “Challenges” At the last two meetings Management has spoken of “challenges” facing SMCT. Supposedly these include a decline in religious participation and competition from private providers, including Invocare. Employee reps and the ASU would like to reassure employees. There is no evidence that the current Labor Government has any plans to deregulate the Victorian…

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