10/10/2012 - 10:47

Activ disputes union claims

10/10/2012 - 10:47

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Activ disputes union claims

DISABILITY workers union United Voice and service provider Activ are at odds over the proceedings of legal action against Activ, amid claims it hasn’t passed on minimum wage increases to its employees.

As of September 1, Activ was required to pay a 2.9 per cent wage increase to its disability support workers if negotiations between the organisation and the union weren’t resolved.

United Voice assistant secretary Amber-Jade Sanderson said the case was lodged on September 28 and a delay had been caused by a court backlog.

Activ claims United Voice’s proposed legal action was made redundant Tuesday last week when Activ’s staff received the 2.9 per cent increase in their pay.

Ms Sanderson said the case had forced Activ to pass on the pay rise.

Activ human resources manager Bob Dalton said the union approached Activ with a set of documents purporting to be an application in the Federal Magistrates Court that would force Activ to pay 2.9 per cent.

“Our legal people told us there has been no application lodged with the federal court,” he said.

Mr Dalton said it had been in talks with the union for six months and that proceedings reached a point where no further purpose was to be served by continuing discussions.

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