It has begun to expand beyond the mining and manufacturing industry, however, with Murdoch University successfully denouncing its union agreement last year in a pioneering ruling. Company agreements are based on the minimum conditions of the Modern Awards and/or vary. Modern awards are a safety net of minimum conditions for an entire industry or job, for example the General Retail Industry Award 2010 applies to retail. If a job has a company agreement, the modern price does not apply. Company agreements and bonuses apply in conjunction with National Employment Standards (“NES”). The NES applies to all employees (with the exception of staff of the Land Government and municipal councils) and they cannot be superseded by an arbitration award or agreement. Finally, the two sides reached an agreement in December 2019, after the unions agreed to take a 1.8 percent wage increase for the first year and a two percent increase in the second year, while some Job Family employees get a guaranteed minimum of one percent. Section 45 has also been amended to maintain the same benefits when employees are transferred to a Telstra subsidiary. Registered agreements are valid until terminated or issued. In an email sent to employees after the vote on the deal, Katie McGrath, Seven`s chief human resources officer, said the company was preparing the dismissal request “if there is no achievable outcome from conciliation.” The Fair Work Commission can also help employers and workers negotiate with their New Approaches programme. Read more about The New Approaches on the Fair Work Commission website. In their agreement, Fairfax employees maintained uncapped severance benefits, while News Corp benefits are limited to 112 weeks.
Seven Network has become the most prestigious company that has so far attempted to terminate its corporate agreement in order to eliminate the generous demands for dismissal of journalists. If a job has a registered agreement, the bonus does not apply. However, in December 2019, the EBA voted “yes” to 65% of Telstra staff. The Fair Work Commission approved the agreement last week and today begins its work until its nominal expiry in September 2021. The network this month requested the termination of its corporate agreement within the Fair Work Commission after being at an impasse in negotiations with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and the Community and Public Sector Union. . . .