Absenteeism in enterprise agreements

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Absenteeism in enterprise agreements

Only 10% of private sector agreements (excluding metal industry agreements) registered in the first quarter of 1998 addressed the issue of absenteeism.

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Only 10% of private sector agreements (excluding metal industry agreements) registered in the first quarter of 1998 addressed the issue of absenteeism. The following summaries from agreements look at some of the different ways in which absenteeism can be addressed.

Definitions: The Miglas Australia Pty Ltd Agreement 1997 [Print P7931] defines absenteeism as any failure to report for or remain at work as scheduled regardless of the reason. The agreement emphasises the cost of absenteeism, in terms of the direct costs associated with the absence and the management of the absence, as well as the direct and indirect costs of loss of productivity.

Incentive/benefit schemes: The Airpower Pty Ltd Workshop Agreement 1997 [Print P8394] allows for a certain amount of sick leave to be paid out. An employee who has not "availed themselves of any single day of absence during a complete year of service" may elect to take payment in lieu of sick leave to the level of 38 hours leave. If an employee has taken only one single day in the previous 52 weeks, that employee may elect to take payment in lieu of up to 15.2 hours. In both cases, the employee must retain a total balance of 76 hours of accrued sick leave. The provisions only apply from the date of the agreement forward.

Control/discipline strategies: The CSR Humes Tamworth Factory (Enterprise Bargaining) Agreement No 2 1997 [Print P8292] incorporates a statement that recognises management’s role in actively applying sanctions against any person who continually abuses the expected work ethic. These sanctions can ultimately lead to summary dismissal of an employee who is constantly absent from work.

The FYNA Formwork Pty Ltd/CFMEU Enterprise Agreement [Print P8291] provides that when an employee takes unauthorised leave on any Friday they shall not automatically have Saturday overtime available to them.

The above summaries were taken from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s ‘Federal Enterprise Agreement Report - First Quarter 1998’.

 

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