Monday, 18 July 2016

Union Membership - Daley v SAS Trustee Corp [2016] NSWCA 111

Union Membership & Fair Work Commission General Protections Application


The New South Wales Supreme Court of Appeal (NSWCA) has allowed the appeal of a former sergeant of police (appellant) who suffered an infirmity while on duty. The NSWCA held that the appellant was a person aggrieved by the decision to commence his additional hurt on duty pension from the date on which his application form was received, rather than from the date the appellant was medically discharged from the NSW Police Force. The fact that the application form was not completed did not indicate that he did not seek the backdating of any additional pension.
Read the full text of the court's judgment here: Daley v SAS Trustee Corp [2016] NSWCA 111BC201603580.

Union Membership

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Union Membership: Union Membership and Esso Australia Pty Ltd v Aust...

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Union Membership and Esso Australia Pty Ltd v Australian Workers' Union [2016] FCAFC 72

Australian Workers Union (AWU)

Read the full text of the court's judgment here: Esso Australia Pty Ltd v Australian Workers' Union [2016] FCAFC 72; BC201603927.

Union Membership

It is a sad reality today that Australian workers continue to loose faith in a union movement built for their their protection and promotion of workers rights in workplaces throughout Australia.
Union membership today has almost become a dirty word amongst the working class and for these reasons organisations such as Workers First have sought to re-invent the manner and mode in which workers can access workplace justice in lieu of union membership.

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The Federal Court of Australia Full Court (FCAFC) has dismissed the appeals of Esso Australia Pty Ltd and The Australian Workers' Union (AWU), finding that the FCA was mostly correct in declaring that The Australian Workers' Union contravened provisions of Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) in particular respects. However, the FCAFC has set aside the FCA's declaration that the AWU contravened s 421(1) by contravening cl 5.1(a) of and Fair Work Commission's s 418 order, finding that breach of cl 5.1(a was not established.
If you would like to learn more about the decline of union membership in Australia, we recommend researching the topic through the Australian Bureau of Statistics and to find out more about Workers First membership, call 07 3807 3807 or visit www.workersfirst.com.au
Union membership may be declining in Australia, but the increasing numbers of Workers First membership amongst workers, tell us we have got the union membership problem in hand with a real and meaningful alternative to traditional Union membership.


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Prison Officers Being Encouraged to Take Industrial Action

This week, Queensland Prison Officers are being encouraged to take industrial action in pursuit of the latest failed negotiations by the Together Union and the Queensland State Labor Government.

Last week the Together Union touted that they held a number of "secret ballots" throughout Queensland to decide on industrial action.

We were actually in Townsville on the day the so called "secret ballot" took place and was ultimately voted down.

This week will bring some interesting union concepts into the spot light for closer examination by many people from many groups, not least of all will be the Prison Officers of Queensland who are increasingly more frustrated with the failures of the Together Union in terms of delivering on promises and more precisely, delivering on the services members have paid for, when and where they are required.

If you have a story to share about your experiences with this union or any other, email us confidentially or give us a call.

#pissweakunions #keepthebastardshonest #prisonofficers #workersfirst #betterchoices #solidarityforever


 


Saturday, 12 December 2015

TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP AT ALL TIME LOW

TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP IN THEIR MAIN JOB

Employees and OMIEs in main job

Trade union membership for employees and OMIEs has generally declined since 1992. From August 1992 to August 2014, the proportion of those who were trade union members in their main job has fallen from 40% to 15% in August 2014 (43% to 14% for males and 35% to 16% for females). (Data Cube 16)



In August 2014, of employees and OMIEs in their main job;
  • There were 1.6 million persons who were trade union members in their main job;
  • 17% of full-time workers and 12% of part-time workers were trade union members in their main job; and
  • Tasmania had the highest proportion (24%) of employed persons who were trade union members in connection with their main job, while Western Australia had the lowest proportion (13%). (Data Cube 16)
Employed persons in main job

Persons employed in the Education and training industry Division had the highest proportion of trade union membership in their main job (34%) followed by Public administration and safety and Electricity, gas, water and waste services industry Divisions (both 31%). The industry Divisions with the lowest proportion of trade union membership in their main job were Agriculture, forestry and fishing, and Accommodation and food services (both 2%). (Data Cube 11)

The occupation groups Professionals and Machinery operators and drivers had the highest proportion of trade union members in their main job (both 20%). (Data Cube 11)

There were 1.7 million employed persons who were currently a trade union member but not necessarily in connection to their main job. Of these, 67% had been a trade union member for five years or more. Only 11% had been a trade union member for less than one year. There were 1.5 million employed persons who were not currently members of a trade union but had been one in the past. 8.4 million employed persons (72%) had never been a trade union member. (Data Cube 8)

Other characteristics of the 1.6 million employed persons who were trade union members in their main job include:
  • 51% were males;
  • 91% had paid leave entitlements;
  • 39% of public sector workers were members of a trade union in their main job, compared to only 10% of private sector workers; (Data Cube 11)
  • The mean weekly earnings in main job for employed persons who were a trade union member in their main job was $1,156 compared to $1,364 for employed persons who were not trade union members;
  • The median weekly earnings in main job for employed persons who were a trade union member in their main job was $1,200 compared to $960 for employed persons who were not trade union members; (Data Cube 12)
  • 94% of 15–19 year olds have never been a trade union member; and
  • 23% of employed persons aged 55–59 years are currently a trade union member and of those 85% have been for over five years. (Data Cube 15)
For the full report on Trade Union Membership by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) visit the ABS Website.  

OUR SERVICES & MEMBERSHIP
Workers First membership and services are available to all Australian workers in all industries.

We do not discriminate between union and non union workers and our primary concern is the best interest of our members and clients.

Workers First is NOT politically aligned with any organisation and we do not engage in campaigns of a political nature.

We are entirely FREE from improper influence and at $1 a day, our membership scheme is affordable and realistic.

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Union Membership Falling

A failing union movement in Australia sees Australian workers shifting their business elsewhere.

Workers First continues to grow as the premier industrial advocacy service in Australia as the union membership numbers in Australia continue the declining trend.

On this Blog, we will also share information about the un-registered unions within Australia and the efforts to silence workers who choose independent representation free from improper influence.

OUR SERVICES & MEMBERSHIP
Workers First membership and services are available to all Australian workers in all industries.

We do not discriminate between union and non union workers and our primary concern is the best interest of our members and clients.

Workers First is NOT politically aligned with any organisation and we do not engage in campaigns of a political nature.

We are entirely FREE from improper influence and at $1 a day, our membership scheme is affordable and realistic.

Find out more about our membership by visiting our membership page.

For more information about any of our services, please use the contact details below.

gethelp@workersfirst.com.au | 07 3807 3807 | www.workersfirst.com.au