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ACTU Report Shows Half Australian Workers Will Soon Be Casual

The ACTU is ramping up its campaign against insecure work with a new report showing Australia is approaching a point where half of all workers will have insecure or casual jobs.

The Greens are weighing in too, wedging Labor on the issue. Adam Bandt will introduce legislation which aims to provide permanent worker protections and benefits to those without permanent work. .

The Coalition has repeatedly denied the claim by the secretary of the ACTU, Sally McManus, that insecure work is growing.

The small and family business minister, Craig Laundy, said ABS figures show the casual workforce rate has remained largely steady for the past two decades.Continue reading

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Airbnb Partners With TWU To Promote Ethical Labour Standards

Airbnb has entered into a ground-breaking agreement with Australia’s Transport Workers’ Union to promote fair rates of pay and labour standards in the on-demand economy.

Airbnb’s head of public policy for ANZ, Brent Thomas, said that as a 21st century company it had a “responsibility to serve and strengthen the community and make sure technology was a force for good”.

Airbnb has 4.8 million users and decided it would partner with package and food delivery companies that did not exploit their workers.

“With wages flat and the cost of living high, we want to empower working families by helping them earn extra income and promote good, well-paying jobs,” Mr Thomas said.

With the TWU campaigning against the underpayment of food delivery riders and their lack of legal rights to fair conditions. Airbnb has agreed to actively promote a package or food delivery company that demonstrates it pays safe rates of pay and observes fair employment conditions.Continue reading

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Townsville Café Operator Receives Record Penalty Over Failure To Pay Compensation

The former operator of a café at Townsville has had a record penalty imposed on them.

The penalty was imposed for ignoring a Fair Work Commission order to compensate an employee who was unfairly dismissed.

The former owner of Theo Sourlos, ‘Three Beans and a Chef’ café was been penalised $9000. His company Port Douglas Investments Pty Ltd recieved a further $45,000 penalty, in the Federal Circuit Court.

The $54,000 in penalties is a record for a Fair Work Ombudsman legal action against an employer for failing to comply with an order to pay unfair dismissal compensation.Continue reading

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Ombudsman Takes Degani Franchise Operator To Court

The operator of a Degani café in Melbourne’s north-east is facing Court after he allegedly used false records to conceal more than $12,000 in underpayments of staff, including teenagers and overseas workers.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Greenvale man Sajid Amin, who manages and part-owns the Degani outlet at Greensborough.

Also facing Court is a company Mr Amin is a director of, SHMAP Group Pty Ltd, which holds a franchise agreement for the outlet with Degani Bakery Café Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Degani Australia Pty Ltd.Continue reading

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CFMEU officials refuse to show entry permits, “I’m not dealing with a f—–g pen pusher”

A CFMEU march Photo: Amy Remeikis

Two union officials from the militant CFMEU have been found liable of breaching workplace laws. Both officials refused to show their right of entry permits when entering a work site and for swore at the person who asked to see them.

When the Bendigo Theatre Project site manager asked CFMEU officials Nigel Davies and Alex Tadic to show him their right of entry permits in July 2014, they refused.

The Federal Court of Australia heard that the site manager, Simon Ireland, told the pair they were welcome on the site if they showed him their permits, but if they did not, they would have to leave.Continue reading

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Wages growth is worse than the headlines claim

For once the headlines have been underplaying bad news. That stubbornly weak wage price index (WPI)? The reality is worse.

The Reserve Bank’s quarterly statement on monetary policy, released on Friday, highlights two broader and arguably better wages measures that are tracking lower than the low WPI.

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Thousands of NSW school cleaners have a win in fight for job security

Thousands of cleaners have won a fight for greater job security after being warned they would have to reapply for their jobs for the first time in 24 years.

The NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation last year notified United Voice, the union representing the cleaners, that employment guarantees in place since 1994 “will not be extended in the new contracts from 2018”.

Following Fairfax Media reports on the issue, the NSW Government on Sunday said it would extend job guarantees to all permanent cleaners employed under the Whole of Government Facilities Management Contract.

It means existing cleaners will not have to reapply for their jobs if there is a change of cleaning supplier in their region.Continue reading