On 21 October 2019, the AWU notified the Fair Work Commission of variations to the AWU Rules that were recently approved by the AWU National Executive. The changes concern the abolition of the Queensland Branch’s Metals and Construction District. The rule change notification can be accessed here: https://www.awu.net.au/sites/awu.net.au/files/AWU%20rule%20change%20notification%20-%20abolition%20of%20Metals%20and%20Construction%20District.pdf
On 10 September 2019, the AWU notified the FWC of an alteration to its rules (other than eligibility rules). The rule change concerns the composition of the NSW Branch Executive and the Victorian Branch Executive. The application and particulars of the application can be accessed here.
On Tuesday, 12 March 2019 the AWU applied to the FWC for consent to an alteration of its eligibility rules. The rule change concerns coverage of operators working at an Ixom site in North Laverton. The application and particulars of the application can be accessed via these links:
- Coverage for all occupations in our industry working above 10 metres, and other hazardous conditions.
- Recognition that if you’re injured in construction, you might not be able to get another job elsewhere easily.
- Better payouts that are easier to access.
- Workers will have to apply for insurance with detailed forms and requirements.
- Many workers won’t qualify for insurance or will have exclusions for pre-existing conditions.
- Insurance premiums will go up for all members, because there will be fewer people covered and a more complicated scheme.
- Coverage could become less generous, and have some restrictions applied.