Buses are the first FPA application to get the nod

Buses are the first FPA application to get the nod
Some industries, such as public transport, have been caught in “a race to the bottom”. (Image: Getty)
Jem Traylen
An application to initiate bargaining on behalf of bus drivers and bus cleaners nationwide is the first to be approved under a new law that came into effect in December. Known as fair pay agreements (FPAs), they allow unions to bargain for minimum standards of pay and conditions for all workers in an occupation or industry. Unions and the government say some industries, such as public transport, have been caught in “a race to the bottom”, with businesses cutting wages to win contracts. In a bid to stem the shortage of...

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