LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARD UPDATE

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) have failed in their bid to overturn the latest state government Ministerial request regarding Local Government Award modernisation.


Your TWU will continue to fight for the rights and conditions for employees covered by Local Government Awards. When the LNP State Government tried to strip away the hard-fought conditions that TWU members had secured, your TWU stood up and fought back against it.

In 2015, a group of Unions appealed the 2015 Modern Award in the Industrial Court, and now the Government has directed that any changes to Local Government Awards must not see any reduction in the terms and conditions of your employment in Local Government.

This means that the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) must create a new local government modern award in accordance with the government’s latest request, which effectively requires that there be no reduction in terms and conditions of employment as compared with ‘pre-modern Awards’.

Your TWU and other local government unions will be working to ensure that the new Award achieves this goal.

Enterprise bargaining cannot commence in local government until the new Award is finalised, however, it is important to ensure that there is no loss or reduction in terms and conditions of employment in the Award, which underpins bargaining.

Your TWU will continue to fight for your rights and conditions to make sure that you get the best deal possible.

 

  • 2014 – Liberal National Party state government issues Award Modernisation request which requires Awards to be ‘stripped’ of certain content and opens the way for reduction in terms and conditions of employment.
  • 2014 – QIRC issues Local Government Modern Award 2014 which complies with the government’s request to remove certain entitlements and which reduces terms and conditions of employment as compared with pre modern Awards.
  • 2015 – the new Labor government issues a new Award Modernisation request which requires the 2014 Modern Award to be reviewed and for entitlements, terms and conditions to be restored.
  • 2015 – QIRC issues a new Local Government Modern Award which did not restore terms and conditions of employment as required by the state government’s request.
  • 2016 – Unions successfully appeal the 2015 Modern Award on the basis that it did not comply with the state government’s direction that terms and conditions of employment be restored.
  • 2016 – the Labor government issues a new Award modernisation request which again requires the restoration of entitlements, terms and conditions of employment
  • 2016 – LGAQ launches failed bid to overturn the Labor government’s Award Modernisation request in the Supreme Court.
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