As State awards fade, some battles continue

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As State awards fade, some battles continue

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has successfully opposed an ACTU claim to remove the 31 December 2014 sunset date from the accident pay and district allowance provisions of awards.

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The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has successfully opposed the ACTU claim of 1 July 2014 to remove the 31 December 2014 sunset date from the accident pay and district allowance provisions of awards.

However the ACTU and affiliated unions are making new attempts to have such conditions inserted into awards.

These provisions relate to make-up or accident pay impacting on workers compensation payments in some awards and district allowances applying to some mining and associated awards, increasing pay for some employees working in remote areas. These provisions reflect a carry-over from the state systems where some state awards had such clauses.

By 31 December 2014 Australia should be operating on an essentially federal system – the Fair Work system – determining wages and conditions for businesses operating in all parts of the country.

Review of Modern Awards 


The four yearly review continues with a busy timetable planned by the Fair Work Commission for the remainder of the year:
  1. Part-time/casual common issues proceedings (submissions due 11 November 2014)
  2. ‘Additional’ common issues sought by the ACTU (Domestic Violence leave and Family Friendly provisions) and the Association of Payroll specialists (submissions due 11 November 2014)
  3. Award flexibility and public holidays common issues (initial conference 17 November 2014)
  4. Group 3 and 4 award stages ((initial conference 18 November 2014) and
  5. Alleged (by the Fair Work Ombudsman) inconsistencies with the National Employment Standards (new directions were issued 31 October 2014).
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