AHA WELCOMES FEDERAL COURT’S SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT UMPIRE

The Australian Hotels Association has welcomed this morning’s decision by the Federal Court to reject all union grounds in its appeal of the Fair Work Commission’s recent penalty rates decision. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said he was pleased the full bench of the Federal Court had backed the independent umpire’s original decision on penalty rates. Mr Ferguson said; “The Full Bench of the Federal Court upheld the principle that the Fair Work Commission was alone vested with the full responsibility for assessing all relevant matters and reaching all relevant conclusions in making its determinations.” “This decision upholds the long-standing
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AHA WELCOMES NEW HEAD OF TABCORP’S WAGERING AND MEDIA BUSINESS

The Australian Hotels Association National Executive has congratulated Adam Rytenskild on his appointment as the new head of Tabcorp’s wagering and media business.   “The Association welcomes Adam Rytenskild’s appointment and looks forward to working closely with him on continuing to enhance the services our members provide their customers,” AHA National President Scott Leach said today.   “He is well known to many in our industry as a talented executive who has the interests of hotels at heart in delivering outcomes which work for venues and for Tabcorp.   “We are pleased he is taking over the helm of the
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AHA WELCOMES FWC PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT RULING

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has welcomed the ruling by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) which will allows casual workers to demand a permanent full-time or part-time position. The FWC ruled that employees who work regular hours for over 12 months will be able to request a permanent job, although employers will be able to refuse the request on certain reasonable grounds. The AHA welcomed the ruling, with CEO Stephen Ferguson saying the announcement by the independent umpire was a ‘common-sense win’ for both employers and employees. “The Fair Work Commission agreed with the AHA submission that greater flexibility in
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AHA applauds FWC part-time employment decision

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has welcomed today’s decision by the Fair Work Commission to introduce flexible part-time employment in the hospitality industry. AHA CEO Stephen Ferguson said today’s announcement by the independent umpire was a ‘common-sense win’ for both employers and employees. “The Fair Work Commission agreed with the AHA submission that greater flexibility in part-time employment would be in the interests of both employee and employer,” Mr Ferguson said. “The FWC found that the current part-time provision was close to being a ‘dead letter’ and unworkable. This has traditionally seen a low percentage of part-time workers across our
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AHA defends decision of independent umpire

Trade union United Voice has lodged an application for judicial review of the decision of the Fair Work Commission’s review of the Hospitality Industry (General) Award. The AHA will be defending the decision of the independent umpire. “The union is embarrassed its arguments before the independent Commission were rejected,” AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said today. “The Commission found a lower Sunday penalty rate would increase the level and range of services offered in the hospitality sector with a consequent increase in employment. “After a three year transition from 1 July 2019, full time and part time employees will receive
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Australia’s peak hospitality and tourism accommodation bodies welcome ‘certainty’ in FWC transitional arrangements decision on penalty rates reform

5 June 2017: Australia’s peak hospitality organisation, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA), and tourism accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), welcomed the certainty provided by the Fair Work Commission (FWC)’s announcement today on the transitional arrangements for penalty rates. The FWC announced that the reformed penalty rate conditions for full time and part time hospitality employees working on Sundays would be phased in over three years, commencing from 1 July 2017. Sunday penalty rates would be reduced from 175% to 170% in 2017‐18, from 170% to 160% in 2018‐19, and from 160% to 150% in 2019‐2020. Sunday rates for casual
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INDUSTRY BODIES REACT TO 2017 BUDGET

By Vanessa Cavasinni, editor Australian Hotelier Liquor industry bodies have welcomed the 2017 Budget for the most part, which has revealed decisions that will mainly affect the industry positively. The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) have given their support to the 2017 Budget, which has confirmed reforms regarding the wine industry signalled by the Government last year. “Funding of these important reform measures will place the wine industry on a firm footing to continue to grow important export markets, and correct previous over-supply in the industry,” said Tony Battaglene, CEO of WFA. “The industry is in consultation with Government on implementation
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TABCORP EMERGES AS PREFERRED TATTS SUITOR

By Vanessa Cavasinni, editor Australian Hotelier This morning the Tatts board announced that they would not provide the Pacific Consortium the opportunity for due diligence. After review, the Tatts board has decided that the Pacific Consortium offer of $4.21 per share did not best the Tabcorp merger scheme, and will no longer engage with Pacific Consortium. “Accordingly Tatts’ Board continues to believe that the Proposed Tabcorp Merger is in the best interests of Tatts shareholders and unanimously recommends the Proposed Tabcorp Merger in the absence of a Superior Proposal and subject to an independent expert concluding that the Proposed Tabcorp Merger is
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INDUSTRY REACTS TO 457 VISA SCRAPPING

By Vanessa Cavasinni, editor Australian Hotelier Hoteliers and the wider hospitality industry are on edge, as they await more details in regards to the Federal Government’s 457 visa replacement. Yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the scrapping of the 457 visa program, stating: “We are ensuring that Australian jobs and Australian values are first, placed first. During the press conference, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, announced that 457 visa will be replaced with two alternate visas, that do not foster as much agency for permanent residency. “What we propose is that under the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa short-term
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Revamp of 457 visa system needs to recognise hospitality industry’s specific needs and protect regional Australia

18 April 2017 Australia’s peak hospitality body, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) called on the Federal Government to consider the specific needs of the hospitality sector in the design of a new temporary working visa system, following the announcement today by Prime Minister Turnbull that the current 457 visa system would be scrapped. AHA said that while full details were not currently available it was important that the Government recognise the specific skilled labour needs of the hospitality sector as it was currently undergoing its largest ever expansion. “The hospitality industry is growing at unprecedented rates at the present and
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