The program agreement would significantly reduce workers` wages and conditions, with a provision that would allow the contractor to reduce their wages to just 50 cents above the distinction — whenever Programmed so desires. Brendan O`Connor, a spokesman for the Labour government, said that if elected, a future Labour government would introduce laws to ensure collective bargaining was not compromised by bogus deals. The Council of Australian Trade Unions welcomed the announcement that would apply to a tactic by Carlton United Breweries, which used company agreements signed by a small number of workers, often separated from the workplace covered by the agreements. CUB forced maintenance workers into a company agreement signed by three workers in a Perth office. This agreement has been approved by the Fair Work Commission. The private contractors building the Sydney Metro Northwest have been accused of trying to cut artisans` wages and conditions with a controversial wage deal, such as the one used by Carlton United Breweries to cut workers` wages. „It will no longer be possible for short-term casual workers to reach an agreement on terms that bind permanent workers,“ O`Connor said. „If there is evidence that the employees were not fully aware of the content of this agreement or that they were forced to sign the agreement, this may allow us to re-examine the agreement and perhaps argue to the Commission that the agreement was not concluded in good faith. and should be overthrown,“ he said. Under the proposed laws, it would not be possible to use a collective agreement signed by workers in one workplace for people employed at different sites. The company deal, which sparked an ongoing dispute at abbotsford`s Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) plant inside Melbourne, was passed two years ago by just three Perth casual workers.
„Labour will legislate to make it clear that workers who vote on a deal must be broadly representative of the workers who ultimately can be covered by the deal.“ It states that three employees are covered by the agreement, that three employees voted on it and that all three are casual workers. „The lab will also change the law so that workers and their unions can ask the Fair Work Commission to renegotiate fake company agreements.“ CUTA Secretary Dave Oliver said this approach to company agreements – which will be negotiated by relevant staff – was „a game of the system“. In a deal Reached Wednesday morning with the Electrical Trades Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, the brewer invited all picket workers at its Abbotsford plant in Victoria to return to their jobs on Monday, with an agreement on no forced layoffs until 2020. They learned that Programmed would bring its own company agreement, which would replace the agreement they had just negotiated with their former contractor Quant. „The use of these fictitious agreements has become a major problem. Sydney electrician Peter Caldwell said he was being asked to sign a company deal that would have lowered the wages of other workers. Credit:Christopher Pearce He said he didn`t even know what the company was doing and didn`t know anything about the deal he signed.