Kindy withdraws Agreement termination bid
Kuranda Kindergarten’s attempt to terminate employees’ collective agreement has been withdrawn in the Fair Work Commission following action from our union.
Termination of the collective agreement would have significantly reduced employees’ working conditions.
The Teacher/Director would have faced a pay cut of more than $20,000.
Staff would have been forced to rely on the Modern National Award for their industrially enforceable minimum employment conditions.
This was the first attempt by any employer in our sector to reduce conditions through terminating an Agreement.
Following opposition from our union, the kindergarten formally withdrew its application to terminate the Agreement and has instead agreed to enter into the ‘New Approaches’ interest-based bargaining process through the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
New Approaches provides a non-adversarial process to assist parties in resolving bargaining matters before such matters escalate into potential disputes.
Under New Approaches, an FWC Commissioner works with both parties to promote cooperation and resolve issues through interest-based problem-solving.
IEUA-QNT Senior Industrial Officer John Spriggs said the removal of the threat to terminate the collective agreement was welcomed by staff.
“Members at Kuranda Kindy are pleased that the employer has moved away from this tactic and welcomes collaboration through the New Approaches structure,” Mr Spriggs said.
“Employees shouldn’t have to face termination of their collective agreements. It’s a failing of broken industrial legislation that enables employers to easily pursue such action.”
Mr Spriggs said Kuranda Kindy staff were far from alone in facing attacks on their hard-fought working conditions.
“We have seen across various sectors and workplaces how employers have used the broken legislation to their advantage, to supress wage growth and abolish existing conditions.
“It is time for a re-balancing of the industrial laws to ensure that employees are no longer subject to such opportunistic attacks.”
Union members across the country are taking action on unfair industrial rules through the Change The Rules campaign.
Ahead of the upcoming federal election, the Change The Rules message is clear: it’s time to bring fairness back to our laws and our workplaces.
To be part of protecting our working conditions by ensuring we change the rules, go to: https://changetherules.org.au/