Number 41 4 December 2022
BSA CLASS ACTION $20 MILLION SETTLEMENT
The Federal Court is finalising a settlement in the class action against BSA instigated by Shine Lawyers representing BSA workers. It was alleged that the workers were employees, not contractors. A compromise settlement was reached where BSA will pay $20 million to the workers who registered with the class action. No admissions were made and the result is a compromise to prevent further litigation. It appears that the workers will have their share assessed and will receive their share in 3 tranches.
LABOR'S BETTER PAY BILL.
This is a major step towards ensuring workers can win better pay and more secure jobs - two things that are vital to reducing the impact of the cost-of-living crisis.
PAY SECRECY LAWS WELCOME.
The new laws in the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill also mean that you will no longer be forced to keep your pay a secret.
SECURE JOBS, BETTER PAY BILL
The ACTU congratulates the Prime Minister and Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke on the passage of the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill. The Bill gives working people their first chance at wage growth in more than ten years.
Senator David Pocock joined with the Government, the Greens and some crossbench MPs in the lower house to vote in favour of wage growth for working people, and to reject the scare campaign which has been run by big business against this Bill.
This Bill is a significant step towards fixing our broken bargaining system and will provide millions of working people with greater access to bargaining, a system which should be the engine of wage growth in this country.
With the passage of this Bill through the parliament, workers across the country will finally be on an equal playing field with their employers, and able to negotiate pay rises through a system which is fairer and more equitable. The Bill will also make taking action to close the gender pay gap simpler and more affordable for all working people.
ACTU ON THE DEBATE
Big business and their mates in the Liberal Party have never supported workers getting pay rises -so why should we trust them to support workers' best interests when it comes to the Secure Jobs Better Pay bill?
Decades of progress in women's workplace safety in one week
Authorised by Dan Dwyer NSW Secretary, Sue Riley Vic Secretary - CWU Telecommunications & Services Branches.