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Everybody Out

Everybody Out is the official news bulletin of APTIA. Sent directly to APTIA Members each month, the bulletin reports on current and breaking Industrial Relations news, stakeholder news, recent industry decisions as well as important industry dates.  Below is the most recent version of the Everybody Out. Archive copies of Everybody Out are available to APTIA Members (please visit our Membership Area for more information on how to become a Member or to login to the Membership Area).

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March 2019 edition

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Industry News: Interline Bus Services extends notice of protected action to five days
APTIA recently appeared on behalf of its member, Interline Bus Service in the defence of an application by the Transport Workers Union for a protected action ballot during negotiations for a new enterprise agreement. The TWU had objected to Interline requesting special consideration for the bus industry to seek a five-day notice period in the standard protected action ballot orders rather than the usual three days.

Industry News: Casual Conversion Bill
APTIA has recently made a submission to the Select Senate Committee considering the Fair Work Amendment (Right to Request Casual Conversion) Bill 2019. The Bill sought to give a legislative validity to the most recent decision of the Fair Work Commission to grant the right to casual employees to seek to convert to full time or part time employment in certain circumstances.

Industry News: The argument for a living wage
The Federal Opposition has announced that if it takes power at this year's election, it will enable the FWC to determine what constitutes a "living wage" and to set a "fair and responsible" phasing-in period. The two-step plan firstly involves amending the Fair Work Act so that the Commission’s "highest priority will be making sure no person working full-time in Australia need live in poverty". "A living wage should make sure people earn enough to make ends meet and be informed by what it costs to live in Australia today – to pay for housing, for food, for utilities, to pay for a basic phone and data plan," according to Labor. As part of the living wage determination, the Commission will also consider the "social wage" of income and family tax benefits and other transfers.

Industry News: ACTU – Australian Living Standards are at their Lowest Level since 1991
Australian living standards have declined to the lowest level since the 1991 recession despite strong corporate profits, according to an ACTU report that calls for a comprehensive package of wage reforms such as a "living wage" and pay adjustments that reflect CPI and productivity improvements. Drawing on analysis from ANU associate professor Ben Phillips of ABS disposable household income data, CPI and population growth, the ACTU report says living costs "have outstripped household incomes over the past three years as weak wage growth delivered the biggest fall in living standards for more than 30 years".


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