On 22 July 2019, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down an important decision to remove the overly complex and uncertain points-based system of employee classification under the Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award 2010
The decision is the result of extensive arguments made by Ai Group in the 4-yearly review of modern awards. Ai Group opposed a separate request by the AMWU which would have resulted in an increase in costs for employers as employees would potentially have needed to be reclassified according to the proposed variation.
The Fair Work Commission is continuing to conduct the current 4 yearly review of modern awards. The review has already resulted in a significant number of variations to the modern award system, resulting in changes to employee entitlements including those relating to abandonment of employment, family and domestic violence leave and substitution of public holidays.
Important legislation is currently before Parliament which would give unions a strong incentive not to break the law and improve the governance requirements of worker entitlement funds.
Ai Group has scheduled a meeting between on Monday 26 August 2019 via videoconference between Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne. At the meeting, Ai Group will provide a detailed update and there will be an opportunity for all of the issues to be discussed and for Members to express their views.
The meeting will be conducted via video conference from our Sydney office by Stephen Smith and Hamish Harrington of Ai Group’s Workplace Relations department.
There is no cost to attend this meeting for Ai Group Members.