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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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April 2019 edition

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A “Fair Go” for Public Transport Users, Workers and Manufacturing
Executive Director of BIC, Michael Apps recently launched BIC’s public transport campaign ahead of the upcoming Federal election with the following Press Release: "A ‘Fair Go’ Guarantee for Public Transport Users, Workers and Manufacturing “There are no areas of Australia that bus services are not provided, and bus business is not present. This is why the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) is calling for a “Fair Go Guarantee” for public transport users, Australian workers and the bus manufacturing sector. Extended version found in this month's edition of Everybody Out.

APTIA Breakfasts
Invitations are about to be sent to Victorian based Operators to attend APTIA’s second breakfast in the offices of KHQ Lawyers in Collins Street Melbourne for Tuesday 18 June 2019. The topic: “Can we or should we employ casual drivers?” remains topical notwithstanding which political party gets to form Government after 18 May 2019. The issue of casual employment remains as Skene’s case has not been overruled and the right to request casual conversion has been approved for all Awards with legislation also before Parliament to incorporate the right to request casual conversion into the national employment standards. Understanding how the industry is dealing with the added pressure to convert its casual employees is certainly worth the opportunity to attend a sponsored breakfast hosted by KHQ Lawyers.

QBIC Conference
QBIC held its 2019 Conference at the Ville Resort-Casino in Townsville on 13 April 2019 with its theme “A changing landscape” resonating with the large group of delegates that listened to various industry updates. APTIA presented its industrial relations update and focused on three main issues.

Is the FWC a stacked deck?
The composition and role of the Fair Work Commission "must be re-examined" due to Coalition governments appointing 20 consecutive members from an employer background, according to an internal ACTU report. The report to the last ACTU national executive in March said the FWC now has a "clear overall majority" of Coalition appointees (24 out of 44) and a larger majority of the more senior presidential appointments (16 out of 25). "These appointments continue the Coalition’s long-standing defiance of the convention that appointees be drawn from both employer and worker sides of the bargaining table," it said. "The composition of the Commission and its future role as an independent arbiter of industrial issues must be re-examined to ensure the 'Change the Rules' agenda delivers the necessary reforms for working people."
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