The Queensland Government has moved to change the Industrial Relations Act 1999 to limit union negotiating outcomes and access to members.
The proposed changes affect:
- Arrangements for employment security
- Delegates rights
- Scope of coverage of awards
- Organisational change provisions in agreements
- Policy incorporation provisions in agreements
- Training arrangements
- Workload management
- Delivery of services
- Workforce planning
If you have an enterprise bargaining agreement that has been certified before 1 December 2013 we have been advised that these provisions are protected for now, however, expired agreements and awards will be changed.
Members covered by state agreements affected by the proposed changes include:
- Queensland Rail
- Local Government Authorities
- Queensland Urban Utilities
- State Government and Statutory Authorities
Members who are on salaries higher than $126,300 will no longer be covered by awards and we will not be able to vary awards to accommodate agreed application/ scope provisions.
Professionals Australia is working with the Queensland Council of Unions to prepare a submission and campaign against these unfair changes.
Professional Engineers across different local councils have shown this year how together they can make a real change.
Cairns Council and Toowoomba Council engineers worked together to secure their bonus payments and Brisbane City Council Engineers worked together to get their conditions protected.
Help secure the future of your colleagues and friends, by encouraging them to join Professionals Australia today.
Professionals Australia organisers will work with delegates and members affected by the changes who are in bargaining negotiations to ensure we protect our members rights.
For more information contact Dave Pullen