“Instead, these two employers have a legalistic approach that states that they are only obliged to pay workers employed when the agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commission (December 2, 2020).” Not only does this decision run counter to the provisions of the current and replacement agreements, but it also contradicts similar payments made in previous negotiations. “This means that some workers may have left service between the first increase and the operational date of the new collective agreement (December 2, 2020) – they are entitled to the collective agreement compensation for the time spent between the first increase and their departure.” It is an individual enterprise agreement that includes eligible academic and professional staff as well as TESOL language teachers. “The decision of these employers directly violated the provisions of the new Catholic collective agreement, which stipulates that all workers who worked in the collective agreement at the time of the first wage increase are paid extra. For more information on the differences between the current enterprise agreement and previous agreements, please see the explanatory note of the major changes (PDF, 108.4 KB). EU Deputy Secretary Terry Burke said the agreements came into force yesterday (Wednesday 2 December 2020). The University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021 (PDF, 2.3 MB) is the current UQ Enterprise Agreement. “The operational date of the agreements was expected for them since the date of the members` vote, which is largely due to the fact that Catholic school employers in Queensland had not identified the technical problems of the agreement, which resulted in further delays in the Review and Approval of the Agreements by the Fair Work Commission,” Burke said. “We are always there for our members and we will pursue all options to meet the full repayment rights to which these workers are rightly entitled under their collective agreement,” he said. The case follows the decision of the two employers to abandon the provisions of Queensland`s new Catholic collective agreements and not to reimburse workers who left the job before the contract was approved. The agreement applies from March 19, 2019.
It expires on June 30, 2021, but remains in effect until it is terminated or replaced by a new enterprise contract. “This approach by these two employers is confusing, unfair, unfair and despises the good work of their workers, who have been effective and engaged workers during the 2019/2020 period,” Burke said. “This action by these employers is so serious that our union had no choice but to take them to the Federal Court of Justice,” Burke said. The Federal Court`s appeal comes after months of pleas and complaints from IEU members in Toowoomba Catholic schools. “The date of this first increase was the first full salary period on July 1, 2019.” Other Catholic employers have made the necessary additional payments – which is why the attitude of these two employers is even at odds with other Catholic employers in Queensland.