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Everybody Out

Everybody Out is the official news bulletin of APTIA. Sent directly to APTIA Members each month, the bulletin reports on current and breaking Industrial Relations news, stakeholder news, recent industry decisions as well as important industry dates.  Below is the most recent version of the Everybody Out. Archive copies of Everybody Out are available to APTIA Members (please visit our Membership Area for more information on how to become a Member or to login to the Membership Area).

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January-February 2019 edition

APTIA Everybody Out January and February 2019 APTIA Everybody Out January and February 2019 (259 KB)


 

Industrial Working Group Meeting
Over 30 industry leaders met in BIC’s offices in Canberra, on 20 February 2019, to consider a direct industry response to the growing issue of casual employment and to consider an industry position towards the concluding review of the Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award. A number of recommendations were adopted at the meeting as outlined in this month's edition of Everybody Out.

 

Update on Skene's Case
As previously reported Workpac, the Respondent in Skene’s case has commenced proceedings against another employee,
Rossatto. The ALP has also sought to repeal the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulation 2018, which, if successful, would increase the risk of double dipping highlighted by Skene’s case.

Rates of Pay
Growth in private sector rates of pay excluding bonuses has edged up to 2.3% a year, the fastest annual rise in four years, according to ABS data released today. The December quarter Wage Price Index shows that the 2.3% annual trend growth is the highest since the same quarter in 2014, when private sector rates increased by 2.5%.

 

Introduction of Casual Conversion Legislation
The Government has now introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Right to Request Casual Conversion) Bill 2019 into Parliament which seeks to extend to all "regular casual" workers a right to request conversion to part or full-time employment. Unions, however, say it allows employers to arbitrarily determine who is casual and could do more harm than good. In a second reading speech today, IR Minister Kelly O'Dwyer said the Fair Work Amendment (Right to Request Casual Conversion) Bill 2019 will fill a "gap" left by the FWC's decision last July to insert a right to request conversion into 85 additional awards (see Related Article).

 

 

 

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