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NEW FREO ERA OVERSHADOWED BY CLOSING CAFES

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, community, employment, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2020

 

 

Today should have been a special day for Fremantle with the start of a new era, with the first 300 of the 1700 staff of the Department of Communities moving into their new offices at Kings Square. Unfortunately this will be overshadowed by the fact that all our cafes, restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs will be required to close from 1pm today because of the coronavirus. Only take away will be allowed from those premises.

While this is a necessary measure by the Federal Government the hardship on small and medium businesses and sole operators will be devastating, and I have grave fears that quite a few of them will have to close their doors for ever.

Wholesalers will end up with with all the food the hospitality operators have ordered but will now have to cancel, sole operators who supply cakes and muffins, etc. to cafes will no longer have that income, and it is likely that most of the causal staff will lose their jobs. I hear that was already announced in a staff meeting at Bread in Common yesterday.

I am very optimistic about the resilience of the human race, and I am certain we will get through this unprecedented worldwide crisis, but I am gutted for all my friends in the hospitality industry. I feel really down, deflated and so incredibly powerlessness, and all I can do is wish I’ll win Lotto so I can go around an hand out big wads of cash to my fellow Freo people and help them get through this period of hardship and heart break.

Everybody has to do their bit! It was mind blowing to see  a Fremantle dancefloor packed like sardines on Saturday night and people flocking to beaches and all ignoring the social distancing requirements. I observed some of that irresponsible behaviour at Bathers Beach venues on Sunday afternoon. Now new laws had to be introduced to stop that nonsense

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MUA NEW PORT ATTACK ON MEMBER FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized, Westport taskforce by freoview on February 1, 2020

 

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Fremantle wharfies are not happy with plans for a new port at Kwinana, so the Maritime Uniion of Australia(MUA) have put a full page advertisement in the Fremantle Herald attacking our local member Minister Simone McGurk.

The MUA claims it will cost 8,000 Freo jobs, and that it would be a broken election promise by the Labor party, who stated they would keep Fremantle a working port.

It is still very premature as the final report of the Westport Taskforce has not been completed and the government has yet to make a decision, but all indications are that the first three preferred options of the taskforce are to move the port to Kwinana and leave Fremantle for cruiseships, and I too would be disappointed about that.

There is no doubt that a new port would be largely automated, so fewer jobs for wharfies, but it is probably a good idea for the MUA to sit down with the stevedore companies and state government to make sure wharfies are being retrained to whatever new jobs will become available.

I have stated it many time that I love the working port in Fremantle and the huge cranes on North Quay, and a new port will be at least 10-15 years away if and when the labor government decide yo build one near Kwinana, so I won’t be seeing it.

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STAFF PAY WORRIES AT SOMA KITCHEN

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2019

 

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Very disappointing to hear that the owner of Fremantle’s SOMA Kitchen in Little Market Street will be taken to court by the Fair Work Ombudsman for failing to comply with an order to calculate money owed to an employee and back-pay him.

It is alleged that the worker was paid only $ 212.50 for 146 hours of working at the restaurant.

Penalties of up to $ 30,000 are possible, so that would be a big shock for owner Giancarlo Daniele. The court hearing is scheduled for February 13 next year.

It appears that there are too many mistakes made in the hospitality industry when it comes to paying workers, and even governments, such as the City of Fremantle, have been caught out underpaying staff. That needs to improve.

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STAFF PAYMENT ERRORS AT FREMANTLE CITY

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2019

 

Not only famous TV chefs and the hospitality industry have problems managing proper staff payments, as this media release by the City of Fremantle shows:

The City of Fremantle has advised that at the time of the recent negotiations on the City of Fremantle Workforce Agreement (Inside EBA), the City discovered a number of employees had not been paid in line with shift penalty clauses of the EBA.

The error was a misinterpretation of the shift penalty clause in the EBA and the additional leave entitlements clause.

This affected 143 casual employees and shift workers, mostly employed at the Fremantle Leisure Centre, Fremantle Arts Centre, Library and Visitor Centre, as well as parking and community safety officers.

City of Fremantle Acting Chief Executive Officer Paul Garbett said the City was very sorry that this had happened and apologised to all affected staff.

Mr Garbett said while no staff were paid less than their award wage, as the City’s EBA rates are above the relevant award, the City had incorrectly calculated penalties and additional leave entitlements which meant these benefits were not fully passed on at the time they were accrued.

Mr Garbett said all affected employees have been back-paid, or are in the process of receiving the additional leave entitlements they accrued. 

“We pride ourselves on ensuring our staff are well looked after and we have always worked with unions and our staff to provide the best working conditions possible,” Mr Garbett said.

“As soon as we became aware of this issue, the City’s focus has been on making sure we resolve it as quickly and thoroughly as possible.”

The error was the result of an unintentional incorrect interpretation within the EBA of certain clauses applying to casual and shift employees dating back several years in some instances. The EBA is renegotiated every three years and the error had not been identified by the City, its employees or union delegates previously.

The total amount of the back payments made, or in the process of being made, to staff is $564,949, with the average payment being around $3950.

 “The City has also identified that up to 27 employees have been overpaid. These employees are not required to repay the overpayment.

 “To ensure this situation does not occur again the City now has an agreed interpretation of the EBA which has been approved by our Industrial Relations consultant,” Mr Garbett said.

The City has also implemented rigorous payroll checking processes and is reviewing its auditing processes.

Any former employee who feels they may be affected can contact the City on 1300 MYFREO (1300 693 736).

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT A STRANGE BEAST

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 11, 2019

 

Sometimes I don’t get how local government works, as is the case with the request for rent reduction by Evergreen Golf Pty LTD, which manages the Fremantle public golf course.

Only on June 26 this year Council agreed to accept the offer of another ten-year lease for the golf course to the company, but on Wednesday, just half a year later, the FPOL Committee will decide to give Evergreen Golf a 50% rent reduction because of the impact the High Street Project by Main Roads has on the operation of the golf course and the alleged considerable drop in patronage.

The City sees itself as a conduit between the course operators and MRWA and will try to get the money they are losing back, but it makes little sense to me. Why ask for rent reduction six months after getting a new lease approved and why should the City of Fremantle take the financial risk instead of waiting for the outcome of the negotiations with MRWA?

Down the road our southern neighbours in the City of Cockburn gave their CEO a new four-year contract only six weeks ago, but he suddenly went on indefinite sick leave because the City of Cockburn has not provided him with a safe working place. Really, sign a new contract with an employer who does not provide a safe working environment? How strange is that.

Maybe all Mayor Logan Howlett and Council should do is give their CEO a hardhat, safety glasses and steelcap boots, like FiFo workers on far more dangerous mine sites get.

Local Government is sometimes a Yes Minister comedy it seems.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY STAFF WANT BETTER PAY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, employment, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2019

 

 

Leaflets in cafes around Fremantle by the National Tertiary Education Union-NTEU show that there is a bit of controversy at Notre Dame University about wages, superannuation and academic freedom.

Notre Dame Australia-NDA is highly rated by students and the Fremantle campus is in one of Australia’s most beautiful cities, but it appears that staff are not happy with their wages and conditions.

There is a demand for a 3% pay rise and the NTEU claims that NDA staff get paid significantly less than the staff at other Australian universities.

The union has also asked Notre Dame for an increase in superannuation from 12% to 17%, because all other staff at Australian universities receive the 17%.

Last but not least NDA has refused any calls for protection of academic and intellectual freedom.

NTEU wants Notre Dame Australia to implement an equitable workload management so that academic staff can regulate their working hours.

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WHARFIES STRIKE AT FREMANTLE PORT

 

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Wharfies at DP World stevedores in Fremantle Port will go on a 48-hour strike this Thursday. This is part of a national strike for a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

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FREMANTLE PRISON SEEKS HERITAGE INTERPRETATION OFFICER

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, fremantle prison, historic, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2019

 

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This sounds like a great job for the right person. Fremantle Prison is looking for a HERITAGE INTERPRETATION OFFICER. It is a PSGOGA 5 level job that pays between $ 87,047-$95,995 p.a.

The director of Fremantle Prison, Paula Nelson, is a can do, visionary, and delightful person with lots of ideas and she will be fantastic to be working with.

Join one of WA’s most innovative and forward-thinking agencies and be part of something rewarding and exciting. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) is responsible for planning and managing land and heritage for all West Australians – now and into the future.

The Opportunity

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual for the Heritage Interpretation Officer role within the Heritage and Property Services Division. In this role, you will be responsible for contributing to the understanding of the cultural, national and international significance of Fremantle Prison. You will review and develop heritage interpretation programs such as tours, signage, training and educational programs to a diverse audience including international visitors, students, special interest groups and the general public.

This position is based at Fremantle Prison and is a permanent and full-time position; however, consideration may be given to applicants seeking part-time opportunities. Suitable applicants may be considered for appointment to similar (permanent, fixed term, full-time or part-time) vacancies for a period of twelve (12) months from the initial date of the appointment.

To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate;

  • Your ability to evaluate, develop and deliver high quality content and material for entertaining and educational visitor experiences, training and programs for a diverse audience including international visitors, students, special interest groups and the general public
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills with the ability to develop and maintain networks with internal and external stakeholders
  • Extensive experience in the cultural heritage sector and an understanding of heritage interpretation and conservation

If you would like to know more, please give Paula Nelson, Director, Fremantle Prison a call on (08) 9336 9213 to discuss the role in further detail.

 

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FREMANTLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOB OPPORTUNITY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, culture, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2019

 

A great and challenging job opportunity at the City of Fremantle!

Director Community Development

Performance based contract – 4 years
Remuneration package up to $240,000 per annum, inclusive of superannuation

The City of Fremantle is seeking a high calibre person to replace our outgoing Community Development Director.

The suitable candidate for this vacancy will thrive and navigate with skill whilst providing leadership and management to the Community Development directorate.

The primary objective of this high-profile position is to ensure community expectations are met in the provision of Community Development Services, Communications, Events and Customer Service.

Responsibilities / accountabilities:

  • Direct the development and continuous improvement of the directorate’s broad range of services, its people and resources.
  • Develop and lead strategies to address long term strategic initiatives and provide strategic direction as a member of the executive leadership team.
  • Lead, facilitate and drive cultural change towards an “achieving” culture.
  • Plan, appropriate budget and deliver the community development program as approved by Council within timeframe and budget.
  • Ensure services are reviewed and improved to ensure a high level of customer and client services across the broad range of community service areas.
  • Ensure a high level of stakeholder engagement is achieved in all aspects of the operations of the directorate.

 

Visit the City of Fremantle website for more information.

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FREO MAY DAY AT A GLANCE

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, politics, Uncategorized, unions by freoview on May 5, 2019

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