Drop in AWAs follows introduction of fairness test

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Drop in AWAs follows introduction of fairness test

There has been a small decline in the number of AWAs being lodged with the Workplace Authority (WA) since the introduction of the Fairness Test on 7 May.

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There has been a small decline in the number of AWAs being lodged with the Workplace Authority (WA) since the introduction of the Fairness Test on 7 May.

WA figures show that in the June quarter of 2007, 92,131 AWAs were lodged compared to 94,505 in the March quarter.

However, both employee and union collective agreements were up by a significant proportion. Employee collective agreements rose from 797 to 1071, union collective agreements from 760 to 949. Employer greenfield agreements went up from 137 to 153 and union greenfields from 42 to 93.

Collective agreements up

While the number of AWAs for workers fell during the June quarter, the number of workers registered for employee collective agreements rose to 37,934 (compared to 26,955 in the March quarter), and the number in lodged union collectives rose from 72,853 to 79,683.

The decline in the number of lodged AWAs is not surprising as the fairness test was backdated to 7 May without employers being given any indication as to how the test was to be applied.

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The full statistics can be found at the Workplace Authority website.

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