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ASSA calls on Fair Work Commission to freeze Fitness Industry Award
Mindful of the impact of the Coronavirus on swim schools, the Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA) has called for the Fair Work Commission to freeze wages and not apply an increase to the Fitness Industry Award in the 2020/21 financial year.
ASSA's Special Consultant on Workplace Relations, Michael Taylor, last week forwarded the Association’s submission to the Commission on its regarding its Annual Review of Wages.
ASSA presented a lengthy and what it called "well-reasoned" case for there to be a ‘wage freeze’ to the award in the coming financial year.
Commenting on the submission, ASSA Chief Executive, Ross Gage stated “the Association argued that due to the effects of COVID-19, primarily, an increase was not sustainable in the Industry and not in the community’s best interests”.
ASSA’s recent survey of Swim Schools on the economic impact of COVID-19 to their businesses was heavily referenced.
In reporting the Submission to ASSA Member Swim Schools, Gage noted that the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) had submitted that there be a 4% increase across all Awards - their rationale being that not only do the workers need and desire it, their additional spending power will stimulate the economy.
15th May 2020 - ASCTA names Swim Teacher of the Year
30th April 2020 - ASSA raises concerns over future of swim schools
29th April 2020 - ASCTA advocacy highlights the value of swim coaching and teaching
20th April 2020 - Swimming Australia celebrates first year of iSwim
7th February 2020 - ASSA reports highly successful Singapore International Swim School Spectacular
29th January 2020 - Swim schools concerned about Coronavirus
6th August 2019 - ASSA announces latest inductees to Australian Swim Schools Hall of Fame
30th November 2018 - ASSA launches Australia’s most inclusive swimming lesson
3rd January 2018 - Fair Work Commission considers Fitness Industry Award penalty rate rises
11th December 2016 - Union launched for swimming teachers and lifeguards
26th November 2012 - Fair Work Australia makes changes to Fitness Industry Award
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