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RBF Agreement Finally Registered by Fair Work Commission

AFTER a longer than expected process to have the replacement RBF Agreement registered we can report that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has approved the document.

The delay resulted after the presiding FWC member questioned the practical implications of clauses 7, 11, 13 and 15.  These provisions deal with definitional matters, employment categories, hours of work and base salary respectively.  Deputy President Smith requested that RBF submit a formal undertaking under section 190(3) of the Fair Work Act clarifying the application of the relevant clauses. 

An undertaking under the Act has formal status alongside the Agreement proper and commits the employer to enact the provisions in line with the undertaking.  It is designed to remove ambiguity and to provide certainty.

You can take a look at the undertaking in the document below

RBF – Signed Undertaking – FWC – DP SMith pdf

Your CPSU is content with the undertaking as provided as it deals with concerns we had around those fundamental employment conditions in clauses 7, 11, 13 and 15.

All provisions of the new Agreement should now be enacted.

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