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ACTION management get their goanna out

By johnboy - 21 May 2010 23

In the wake of the soiled bus driver’s call to arms and a fare collection strike the ABC informs us of the ACTION management response:

Mr Roncon says drivers will be given letters today outlining the consequences of taking part in the industrial action.

“Drivers who participate by not collecting fares will risk losing up to 67 per cent of their wages for each shift that they take such industrial action,” he said.

Be interesting to see how they respond to that.

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ACTION management get their goanna out
Ian 11:53 am 22 May 10

bd84 said :

I would think that if the industrial action was protected (i.e. gone through the proper processes) than ACTION would unable to retaliate in any way. I would also think that if the drivers show up and perform their normal routes, then ACTION would be obliged to pay the drivers for the full amount. I don’t think there’s any agreement out there that allows an employer do dock an employees pay if they don’t collect the correct amount of money. But I could be wrong..

If the drivers really wanted to be sneaky and get around management’s demands to collect money, the ticket machines break easily, all it would take is a lot of damaged tickets getting stuck in the readers..

This is from the Fairwork Australia site:

Protected industrial action

An employer is prohibited from making payment to an employee for the total duration that the employee is engaged in protected industrial action.

However, if the industrial action is an overtime ban, employers can only withhold payment when the employer requires or requests an employee to work overtime, and the refusal is in contravention of the employee’s obligations under a contract of employment, agreement or other industrial instrument.

Employees (and employee organisations) must not ask for or accept such payment. However, where the industrial action is taken in the form of a partial work ban, proportional payment rules apply. The employer may give the employees a partial work ban notice that contains details of the proportion of the reduction in payment. Alternatively, the employer may give a notice that no payment will be made to employees during the partial work ban. The notice must further provide that the employer will not accept any work from the employee until they resume normal duties.

So if the drivers don’t collect fares, their employer is entitled to reduce their pay proportionately. Presumably the thing about 67% is the notice referred to in the quote from FWA above.

It would be an amazing coincidence if all the ticket machines died next week, preventing them being used. Would not surprise me if the drivers tried this. I wonder what the provisions in the legislation are for sabotaging the employer’s property during industrial action?

YapYapYap 11:58 pm 21 May 10

Clown Killer said :

Sounds completely reasonable. This sort of childish bullsh!t on the part of the union shouldn’t go un-punished.

I find it interesting that the bus drivers have such a grandiose sense of entitlement that they feel that they can make the community pick up the cost of their industrial action.

See if you agree when your bosss (Zed?) trys to cut your pay by 25%. Oh, my mistake, you live for the day you can sign an AWA that guts your entitlements.

bd84 9:42 pm 21 May 10

I would think that if the industrial action was protected (i.e. gone through the proper processes) than ACTION would unable to retaliate in any way. I would also think that if the drivers show up and perform their normal routes, then ACTION would be obliged to pay the drivers for the full amount. I don’t think there’s any agreement out there that allows an employer do dock an employees pay if they don’t collect the correct amount of money. But I could be wrong..

If the drivers really wanted to be sneaky and get around management’s demands to collect money, the ticket machines break easily, all it would take is a lot of damaged tickets getting stuck in the readers..

vg 8:40 pm 21 May 10

They will do what most unions do in the face of these threats. Sh*t themselves and back off at a million miles an hour.

Mind you isn’t sh*tting yourself the root of the problem?

moneypenny2612 7:07 pm 21 May 10

It is my understanding that workers taking industrial action by implementing work bans can only have their pay docked in a way that is proportionate – that is, the banned activity is assessed against the whole job, and pay docked accordingly.

Is ACTION seriously trying to suggest that drivers spend 67% of their shift collecting fares? It’s a wonder the drivers have time to drive anywhere.

There’s either a lot of phantom passengers or there are lots of drivers driving unsafely because they are collecting fares while driving.

Clown Killer 5:01 pm 21 May 10

You raise an interesting point J Dawg. Those who would use busses will make a windfall – and fair enough. But the rest of the community does bear a cost already – being the diference between the revenue from fares and the cost of actually providing the service – now some third party will make the decision to pass on the full cost to the community simply to progress their own selfish agenda.

J Dawg 4:18 pm 21 May 10

Clown Killer said :

I find it interesting that the bus drivers have such a grandiose sense of entitlement that they feel that they can make the community pick up the cost of their industrial action.

Ironically, by not charing fares they are saving those from the community that catch buses money. But it is the community which will cover the shortfall caused from lost fare revenue.

Ahhhhh the hillarity of the ACTION bus network!

canucksfan 2:43 pm 21 May 10

The community might be picking up the tab but if the drivers lose pay then the only winners here are the people who use the buses and last time i had to catch a bus (2008) the majority of the passengers looked like they could use the help.
Its an ongoing debate, ACTION will never work in Canberra.

hellspice 2:31 pm 21 May 10

67% of not much is very little. I cant see this affecting anything

DawnDrifter 12:23 pm 21 May 10

So whats better. Not taking fares or not turning up to work

anyway – they are being offered ‘payrise’ lower then cpi if that report is correct, so screw the tightass govt if you ask me and bus drivers go forth and dont collect fairs you bad asses

Ian 11:39 am 21 May 10

Will the thought of losing pay cause drivers to soil themselves?

Ian 11:38 am 21 May 10

Fair enough! Don’t do all of your job = don’t get all of your pay.

I’m sure though that 67% is an ambit claim by management that will be negotiated down to something more realistic.

Clown Killer 10:43 am 21 May 10

Sounds completely reasonable. This sort of childish bullsh!t on the part of the union shouldn’t go un-punished.

I find it interesting that the bus drivers have such a grandiose sense of entitlement that they feel that they can make the community pick up the cost of their industrial action.

M0les 10:06 am 21 May 10

What? Drivers are paid on a commission basis now?

Seems Mr. Roncon is encouraging drivers to strike.

Bussie 10:05 am 21 May 10

The union will be applying to Fair Work Australia to have the pay deduction reduced.

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