News briefs, 25/10/12

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News briefs, 25/10/12

Extra $400 million for Trade Training Centres | National childcare summit calls for funding package to complement new national quality standards | Corrective services need to remain in government hands: union | $58,000 back-pay for Gold Coast workers.

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Extra $400 million for Trade Training Centres | National childcare summit calls for funding package to complement new national quality standards | Corrective services need to remain in government hands: union | $58,000 back-pay for Gold Coast workers.

 
Extra $400 million for Trade Training Centres
 
An extra $400 million will be made available for Trade Training Centres (TTCs) in schools in Round Five of the national program.

Round Five will be split into two phases of $200 million each. Phase 1 opens on 30 November 2012 and Phase 2  in August 2013.

The Gillard Government is providing $2.5 billion from 2008 to 2018 to give secondary students in years 9 to 12 the opportunity to access trade training facilities.

The top five areas of enrolment in TTCs for 2011 were:
  • Mechanical and industrial engineering and technology
  • Food and hospitality
  • Building
  • Automotive engineering and technology
  • Agriculture.



National childcare summit calls for funding package to complement new national quality standards 
 
Leaders of Australia’s childcare sector have joined forces to call on the Australian Government to introduce a new funding package for professional wages to complete the process of reform of Australia’s early childhood education and care system.

At a special meeting in Sydney this week, the summit of peak childcare bodies and private and not-for-profit employers applauded the Australian Government for its initiative on the National Quality Framework (NQF) and the State and Territory Governments for having the vision to introduce the NQF.

The summit unanimously agreed the next step in creating a stable and sustainable sector is the introduction of professional wages, so that the sector can keep and attract the specialised, professional and qualified workforce required.

United Voice is Australia’s childcare union. Sue Lines, its assistant national secretary, said:
‘The greatest barrier to providing quality education and care is the low pay and poor working conditions of workers in the sector. The $18.58 an hour currently paid to Certificate III qualified educators is not enough to keep the current workers, let alone attract new ones.

Neither providers nor parents can afford to fund the gap between the current inadequate wages and the professional wages needed to ensure children can benefit from stable and consistent relationships with their educators.’
 


Corrective services need to remain in government hands: union
 
The privatisation of the corrective services system is not in the best interests of the community, according to
the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association (CPSU/CSA).

At the unveiling of its Corrective Services Action Plan this week, the CPSU/CSA called on future state
governments to stop handing over Department of Corrective Services facilities to private, profit-driven
companies. Branch secretary Toni Walkington said privatisation was not good for the community or the corrective services system.
 


$58,000 back-pay for Gold Coast workers
 
A number of workers on Queensland’s Gold Coast have been back paid a total of $58,400, following recent intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The largest recovery was $12,700 for a young Coomera tradesman, who was misclassified as a contractor and underpaid the minimum hourly rate, penalty rates and annual leave entitlements between 2010 and 2011.

After a Fair Work inspector contacted the business and explained its obligations, the employee was reimbursed all money owed without the need for further action against the employer.

Other recent recoveries include:
  • $12,600 for a young hospitality worker at Southport, underpaid the minimum hourly wage, penalty rates, annual leave entitlements, personal leave and payment in lieu of notice
  • $9000 for a Burleigh Heads salesperson not paid annual leave entitlements, annual leave loading and payment in lieu of notice on termination of employment
  • $8300 for a telemarketer at Surfers Paradise, underpaid annual leave entitlements between 2008 and 2011
  • $8100 for a Nerang worker underpaid wages, penalty rates and allowances between 2008 and 2012
  • $5400 for a hospitality industry worker at Biggera Waters not paid annual leave entitlements upon termination of employment
  • $2300 for a retail worker at Mermaid Beach, underpaid wages and penalty rates between 2010 and 2011.
 
 
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