Bulletin No: 040 Volume: 20 Thursday 20 February 2014
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
FAIR WORK COMMISSION
TO ISSUE BARGAINING ORDERS
The CFA applied to the Fair Work Commission for bargaining orders against the UFU for allegedly not bargaining in good faith.
Predominately the grounds the CFA have relied upon are that the UFU has not put a percentage figure of the pay increase that our members were seeking.
The UFU in part has relied upon past practices where pay rise quantum was decided at the end of the bargaining process.
Additionally the UFU was relying upon identifying productivity initiatives so that a realistic quantum could be arrived at.
The matter was heard before Deputy President Smith of which he has indicated to the parties that he will issue a good faith bargaining order.
The terms of the order are unknown at this stage, however, once the order is received the UFU’s legal team will appraise the terms and reasoning for the order and advise on a further course of action.
What does a bargaining order mean?
A good faith bargaining order can be issued by Fair Work Australia to assist bargaining processes and progress on the basis that there are deficiencies by a party or both parties.
Essentially a good faith bargaining order has to be abided by. The parties are required to conform to its terms.
In the event that terms are not complied with, a party can make application for a serious breach declaration.
Once the UFU has received the terms of the order we will provide further information.
If you have any queries contact Peter Marshall on 0419 127 004.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary