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DRY CLEANING (STATE) AWARD
  
Date06/13/2003
Volume339
Part9
Page No.
DescriptionVIRC - Variation by Industrial Relations Commission
Publication No.C1849
CategoryAward
Award Code 286  
Date Posted06/11/2003

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BEFORE THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION

(286)

SERIAL C1849

 

DRY CLEANING (STATE) AWARD

 

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION OF NEW SOUTH WALES

 

Application by Transport Workers' Union of Australia, New South Wales Branch, industrial organisation of employees.

 

(No. IRC 937 of 2003)

 

Before Commissioner McKenna

13 March 2003

 

VARIATION

 

1.          Insert in numerical order in clause 2, Arrangement of the award published 30 November 2001 (329 I.G. 1111) the following new clause 16A.

 

16A.    Deduction of Union Membership Fees

 

2.          Insert after clause 16, Payment of Wages the following new clause.

 

16A.  Deduction of Union Membership Fees

 

16A.1  The employer shall deduct Union membership fees (not including fines or levies) from the pay of any employee, provided that:

 

16A.1.1            the employee has authorised the employer to make such deductions in accordance with subclause 16A.2 herein;

 

16A.1.2            the Union shall advise the employer of the amount to be deducted for each pay period applying at the employer’s workplace and any changes to that amount;

 

16A.1.3            deduction of union membership fees shall only occur in each pay period in which payment has or is to be made to an employee; and

 

16A.1.4            there shall be no requirement to make deductions for casual employees with less than two months’ service (continuous or otherwise).

 

16A.2  The employee’s authorisation shall be in writing and shall authorise the deduction of an amount of Union fees (including any variation in that fee effected in accordance with the Union’s rules) that the Union advises the employer to deduct.  Where the employee passes any such written authorisation to the Union, the Union shall not pass the written authorisation on to the employer without first obtaining the employee’s consent to do so. Such consent may form part of the written authorisation.

 

16A.3  Monies so deducted from employees’ pay shall be remitted to the Union on either a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly basis at the employer’s election, together with all necessary information to enable the reconciliation and crediting of subscriptions to employees’ membership accounts, provided that:

 

16A.3.1            where the employer has elected to remit on a weekly or fortnightly basis, the employer shall be entitled to retain up to five per cent of the monies deducted; and

 

16A.3.2            where the employer has elected to remit on a monthly or quarterly basis, the employer shall be entitled to retain up to 2.5 per cent of the monies deducted.

 

16A.4  Where an employee has already authorised the deduction of Union membership fees in writing from his or her pay prior to this clause taking effect, nothing in this clause shall be read as requiring the employee to make a fresh authorisation in order for such deductions to commence or continue.

 

16A.5  The Union shall advise the employer of any change to the amount of membership fees made under its rules, provided that this does not occur more than once in any calendar year.  Such advice shall be in the form of a schedule of fees to be deducted specifying either weekly, fortnightly or monthly as the case may be.   The Union shall give the employer a minimum of two months’ notice of any such change.

 

16A.6  An employee may at any time revoke in writing an authorisation to the employer to make payroll deductions of Union membership fees.

 

16A.7  Where an employee who is a member of the Union and who has authorised the employer to make payroll deductions of Union membership fees resigns his or her membership of the Union in accordance with the rules of the Union, the Union shall inform the employee in writing of the need to revoke the authorisation to the employer in order for payroll deductions of union membership fees to cease.

 

2.          The above variations shall take effect:

 

(i)         In the case of employers which currently deduct union membership fees, or whose payroll facilities are carried out by way of an outsourcing arrangement, or whose payroll calculations are made through the use of computerised means, from the beginning of the first pay period to commence on or after 13 March 2003;

 

(ii)        In the case of employers who do not fall within sub-paragraph (i) above, but who currently make deductions, other than union membership fee deductions or mandatory deductions (such as for taxation instalments or superannuation contributions) from employees’ pay, or have in place facilities to make such deductions, from the beginning of the first pay period to commence on or after 13 June 2003;

 

(iii)       For all other employers, from the beginning of the first pay period to commence on or after 13 September 2003.

 

 

D. S. McKENNA, Commissioner.

 

 

 

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Printed by the authority of the Industrial Registrar.

 

 

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