Australian wage growth lowest in 16 years

Australian workers’ wages are growing at the slowest rate for 16 years, recently released figures show. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) quarterly wage price index for Australia shows that the “seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) rose 0.6 per cent in the September quarter 2014 and 2.6 per cent over the last year.” …

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CWU meets with Telstra on classifications, pay

The CWU met with Telstra on 12 November to discuss the possibility of creating a single pay and classification structure in Telstra. As Telstra members will know, this was one of the unresolved issues during the last Enterprise Agreement negotiations during 2012. Telstra has for many years wanted to have all its employees covered by …

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Optus succeeds in award application.

Optus has succeeded in its application to continue to have an enterprise award rather than being covered by several modern industry awards. The Fair Work Commission, which heard the application, handed down its decision on 21 October. Under the award modernisation process, all existing enterprise awards ceased to operate at the end of 2013 unless …

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Accrual of entitlements under Comcare for Telstra workers

Pursuant to s 116 of the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act, a worker is entitled to accrue sick leave and annual leave but only during the first 45 weeks of absence following acceptance of liability for a work related injury. Thereafter, if an injured worker is unable to work, only long service leave accrues under …

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9 great reasons to join the union

Every day advice and assistance Answers and expertise Representation Better pay and conditions Have someone always on your side Influence It’s your right – exercise it Union membership fees are tax deductible Save more than enough on shopping, banking, insurances and holidays – to more than cover the cost of your membership 1. Every day …

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