Qantas: We need commitment on local jobs

The Australian Services Union slammed Qantas for creating new call centre positions in New Zealand when its Melbourne call centre operations are set to close mid next year. ASU Victorian Assistant Branch Secretary, David Leydon, said that the union has sought transparency from the company throughout the process but that this shows that Qantas is…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Target EBA Approved

This week the new Enterprise Agreement was approved. Congratulations are in order, albeit subdued congratulations. Subdued because whilst a new agreement is going to be implemented it comes at a time of great uncertainty for employees at Target as we continue through the current redundancy process. Some of our people have left already or are…

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