TAFE & Adult Provision Moving forward in disability

Some of our disability members are still working under ‘zombie agreements’ – those in place before 1 January 2010, and that continue to be in operation despite having passed their nominal expiry date. Despite being outdated, many of the clauses in these agreements are significantly better than those in the modern award – and we want to keep it that way! Unless an extension was granted by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), all ‘zombie agreements’ automatically ended on 6 December 2023. We have contacted services where zombie agreements are in place and urged them to join the disability MEA or negotiate a new enterprise agreement.

On 9 November, the AEU and HACSU jointly applied to the FWC for a supported bargaining authorisation to advance negotiations at several disability services. Supported bargaining, available under the new Secure Jobs Act, is designed to assist and encourage employers and employees who are finding it difficult to bargain at their workplace. It means employers are subject to certain rules, and the FWC has powers to assist parties to reach an agreement. 

Securing good agreements for members in all disability services means we will continue to raise the standards and conditions for members and their clients across the disability sector.

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