Back in 2017 we negotiated a new staff agreement with Colony 47 that contained the following clause 17(b) setting out staff wage increases:
"Colony 47 will increase wages annually on 1 July in line with National Minimum Wage orders issued by the Fair Work Commission from time to time. Further wage increases will be made, on 1 December each year (until 2020), in line with the Equal Remuneration Orders (ERO) issued by the Fair Work Commission for all relevant employees. All ERO funding received shall go towards wage increases, but only for those programs which qualify for, and receive, additional funding. It is accepted that such an arrangement may result in some employees receiving different wage increases to employees in different programs."
It clearly says staff should be paid the ninth and final payment of the ERO. Nowhere in the current agreement does it say the employer can just freeze employees' wages.
In Australia, when you negotiate a deal both parties stick to it - that’s the Australian way of doing business, so we lodged a dispute against Colony 47 in the Fair Work Commission today outlining our position on this unfair call they’ve made.
We’ll keep members up to date as Fair Work considers our dispute and makes a decision.
In the meantime, anyone who wants more info can call us on 1300 880032.