News briefs, 11/10/12

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News briefs, 11/10/12

Fair Work Bill to address Qld public sector changes | FWBC secures compensation for Qld subcontractors | Union seeks answers on police cutbacks | Cleaning company faces court — alleged underpayment of foreign workers.

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Fair Work Bill to address Qld public sector changes | FWBC secures compensation for Qld subcontractors | Union seeks answers on police cutbacks | Cleaning company faces court — alleged underpayment of foreign workers.


Fair Work Bill to address Qld public sector changes
 
The Fair Work Amendment (Transfer of Business) Bill 2012, introduced today (11 October) extends the existing transfer of business provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 to certain former state public sector employees who transition into the national system as a result of a sale of assets or outsourcing of work to a national system employer.

The Federal Labor Government stated that it ‘does not accept that these employees should be worse off, or that they should have their entitlements put at risk, simply because their jobs are outsourced.’

These reforms mean that the Commonwealth will establish for the first time, a nationally consistent set of transfer of business rules for public sector employees that will protect their entitlements when they transfer to a national system employer.

The legislation is aimed at State Government moves — particularly in Queensland and New South Wales, to reduce employed public sector numbers.
 

 
FWBC secures compensation for Qld subcontractors
 
Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) has secured compensation payments for subcontractors affected by unlawful industrial action taken by the CFMEU Construction and the communications union (CEPU), and officials at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Brisbane Supreme Court & District Law Court projects in 2011.

The deal struck by FWBC will see the unions pay 95 per cent of losses incurred by ten Queensland subcontractors as a result of the unlawful strikes.

Following the action in early 2011, FWBC made a public call for companies that had suffered loss due to the strikes. Based upon that response, and from FWBC’s own investigations, action was taken to recover the losses of a number of affected subcontractors.
 

 
Union seeks answers on police cutbacks
 
The Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association wants to know what WA Police services will not be replaced as a result of the latest Barnett Government cutbacks.

The union stated:
‘WA Police was originally slated to slash $21,184 million from its 2012–13 budget to meet the government’s two per cent efficiency dividend but now they have to find another $10 million with another 1.5% imposed by Treasurer Troy Buswell.

Most of the 104 positions that were vacant and won’t be replaced were occupied by public servants who support the work of police officers.’


Cleaning company faces court — alleged underpayment of foreign workers
 
Three international students worked for a Melbourne cleaning company for several weeks without being paid, the Fair Work Ombudsman alleges.

Facing court was a Bentleigh man, who owns and runs a contract cleaning business trading as Over the Top Happy Cleaning Services.

The three male students in their 20s allegedly worked for 61 hours, 63 hours and 207 hours in 2009–10, but were paid nothing at all.

They were allegedly underpaid amounts of $1170, $1205 and $4445.

The part-time and casual employees worked at various locations in suburban Melbourne performing duties including vacuuming, mopping floors, emptying bins and cleaning windows, laundries, toilets, offices and kitchens. 
 
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