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Safety net adjustment criteria

The criteria for Safety Net Adjustments (SNAs) were examined and certain federal awards were not amended when considered by the Commission.

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The criteria for Safety Net Adjustments (SNAs) were examined and certain federal awards were not amended when considered by the Commission.

A Full Bench of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission upheld the decision of a single commissioner who had refused to insert SNAs into some oil industry awards. The three $8 increases were refused on the basis that the awards had been adjusted by enterprise bargaining and so the SNAs ought to be absorbed into those rates.

The National Union of Workers (NUW) argued that the position had altered since the decision of the Full Bench in 1995 (Print L8626, [1995] 073 IRCommA). In particular, the NUW argued that the April 1997 SNA Review had altered the principle relating to the awarding of the three previous SNAs.

The Full Bench rejected this argument and stated that the NUW would have to convince it that the 1995 Full Bench decision was wrong and ought not be followed. The Full Bench was not persuaded in this respect. (Application by National Union of Workers re Shell Marketing Operations Interim Award 1992 and other awards; (Print Q4297, [1998] 967 IRCommA).

 

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