After dogged persistence by union members in the Dog Detector Unit at Melbourne Airport CPSU has won the payment of Airport Allowance both prospectively and back paid to the commencement of the current Enterprise Agreement in 2017.
In April 2018 the CPSU raised a dispute on behalf of members who the Department was refusing to pay the Airport Shift Allowance . Meetings with management, and correspondence, was unsuccessful in resolving the matter and in November 2018 the CPSU lodged a dispute with the Fair Work Commission.
Just prior to that matter being listed last Tuesday, private sector lawyers acting on behalf of the department agreed with the CPSU for the payment of the allowance to relevant dog detector unit employees. The CPSU will finalise the dispute once relevant payments have been confirmed.
CPSU thanks delegate Mike Frith for his persistent pursuit of this underpayment and achieving a good outcome for members. This case study is a good example of why it pays to be in the CPSU!