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Change The Rules

Australia's industrial rules are broken

Change_the_Rules_logo.pngOur union’s capacity to resolve the issues our members face is frustrated by Australia’s current broken industrial laws.

We need changes to laws and industrial rules to improve workers’ lives, including:

  • An overhaul of the bargaining system to make it easier for employees to bargain for better wages and conditions;
  • The right for casual employees to transition to continuing employment if they so choose;
  • Restoring penalty rates; and
  • Improving minimum wage and award conditions for the country’s lowest-paid workers.

The rules need to change, and our union is working to do just that alongside our colleagues across the country through the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Change The Rules campaign.

Power needs to be given back to working people to organise and win improvements to their pay and conditions in fair negotiations with their employers. The only way workers can change the rules and improve their working lives is by joining their union.

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Help Change The Rules on Labour Day/May Day

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Labour Day / May Day will take place during the long weekend of 5-7 May 2018, with celebrations scheduled across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The message IEUA-QNT members will be sharing this Labour Day and May Day is, It's time to Change The Rules.

*Click here to locate your local Labour Day/May Day celebration*

Story from our sector: Carinity Education

The disregard with which employers hold the collective bargaining system has been most recently demonstrated by Carinity Education – a division of the Queensland Baptists.

From the moment the employer entered into collective bargaining negotiations mid-last year, it became evident that their intention was to force employees onto a sub-standard agreement and cut a range of current working conditions. Despite serious member concerns resulting in protected action by employees across Carinity Education schools, the employer seemed embolden by the current industrial climate, putting out to ballot a non-agreed proposal to employees late last year. Unsurprisingly, Carinity Education employees rejected the substandard offer from the employer.

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Carinity Education continues to force sub-standard conditions on its workers despite the vocal rejection by employees. The employer’s complete lack of respect for their staff is obvious, but what is also plainly obvious is that they can have confidence that current industrial laws allow them to do so.