Friday, 29 January 2016 15:58

MTA WA and other Motor Trade Associations nationally are preparing a response to the ACTU and AMWU Vehicle Division’s claims to vary the existing conditions for casual and part-time employees covered by modern awards. These claims apply to the Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award 2010 (the VMRSR Award), the primary modern award in the general vehicle industry.

FOR MEMBER BUSINESSES COVERED BY THE FEDERAL SYSTEM ONLY – i.e. those conducted via a company (Pty Ltd) structure

We need your comments on an imminent review of part-time and casual employees’ conditions.

We need you to help us represent you in this case by completing the national survey at the end of this email. The claims (see below) have been filed by the ACTU and the AMWU Vehicle Division with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and will be heard in March 2016.

The claims seek to make the following changes to the existing casual and part-time provisions:

Casual employees

  1. Amend the casual conversion provision so that a regular casual is automatically deemed to be a permanent employee after six months, unless the casual employee elects to remain as a casual.
  2. Insert a provision that would require a minimum engagement period of four hours for casual employees. No minimum period of engagement currently exists in the VMRSR Award.

Part-time employees

  1. Insert a provision that would require a minimum engagement period of four consecutive hours per shift, per day for part-time workers. No minimum period of engagement currently exists in the VMRSR Award.
  2. Insert a provision that would require an employer to first offer additional hours of work to existing part-time employees before increasing the number of part-time employees in employment.

Depending on your particular hiring practices, you will be asked to answer some or all of the questions. We think that if you answer all the questions, the survey will take 5 - 10 minutes to complete. Members are encouraged to provide as much relevant information/explanation as possible to the questions in the survey.

In order to assist us to prepare our response to the claims please complete the survey by Friday, 5 February, 2016. If you need any assistance, or have a question about the survey, please contact Ron Ballucci on (08) 9233 9800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We know that your time is valuable and we thank you for participating.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/part-time_casual_survey2016  *To access survey click the link, or copy the link into your browser window.

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