07-Feb-2017 5:15 PM

Today a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission handed down a massive victory for the CFMEU and other building trade unions about minimum wages and conditions for Queensland Apprentices and Trainees.

All Trades Queensland have been attempting to push through a non-union enterprise agreement that would see apprentices and trainees underpaid.
The CFMEU together with other building trade unions has been involved in an ongoing dispute with All Trades Queensland (ATQ) arguing that “old” State based awards are inapplicable and that the “new” Federal Modern Awards are now the minimum standards for workers.
Divisional Branch Secretary Michael Ravbar said, “Today’s Full Bench decision is a huge win for our low paid, vulnerable apprentices and trainees.
“Apprentices and Trainees (whether employed by ATQ or other group training organisations) who have been paid according to the “old” State Awards could be entitled to quite a significant amount of back pay and are encouraged to contact the union to ensure they receive their entitlements.
It is understood that the total figure of back pay entitlements for current and former apprentices and trainees at ATQ alone is in excess of $5.2 million.
“This case exposes unscrupulous group training organisations who take advantage and undermine the minimum safety net for wages and conditions of young vulnerable workers in this state.
“The CFMEU will conduct a thorough audit of apprentice and trainee wage records to ensure these workers receive their fair pay and entitlements.

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