It has been a busy time for the AEU’s industrial workgroup, which has favourably settled claims for members in all sectors this term, totalling more than $150,000. The AEU’s workers compensation lawyers, Adviceline Injury Lawyers (ALIL), have also settled five matters for more than $1.7 million combined in compensation for Common Law claims. In addition to settling many individual claims, we have been supporting members with several collective matters, including:
- leave re-credited for disability members after their employer made confusing statements prior to employees being stood down
- an introduction of change process for disability members
- securing recognition of qualifications for TAFE members, resulting in reclassifications and back payments in excess of $150,000
- filing a bargaining dispute with the Fair Work Commission following our successful Majority Support Determination for staff at a disability service provider.
Among other cases, we are pursuing our ongoing dispute with Bendigo Kangan Institute over the meaning of ‘assessment’ under the TAFE Agreement, and a VCAT application about the rights of Health and Safety Representatives to access workplace information about OHS risks. We welcome Amanda Swayn, Ursula McBride and Carlos Castro to the team, each with extensive expertise in workplace law.