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Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2020


City of Fremantle senior staff will take a 20 per cent voluntary pay cut to help combat the serious financial impacts on the City of the COVID-19 crisis.

CEO Philip St John has announced that he, directors and managers had all agreed to cut their salaries as part of the City’s response to a forecast $6 million loss in revenue between now and the end of the financial year.

 Mayor Brad Pettitt and Fremantle councillors have also agreed to voluntarily reduce their allowances by 20 per cent.

 City of Fremantle staff employed in areas that are currently unable to operate at full capacity because of COVID-19 will work reduced hours or take leave.

 Essential local services such as waste collection, community safety, infrastructure maintenance, customer service and street cleaning will continue to operate as normal during this time.

 Mr St John said the devastating effect of the coronavirus on Fremantle businesses and residents was having a similar impact on the City.

 “Like the rest of our community, the City is feeling deeply the economic effects of COVID-19,” Mr St John said.

 “A large proportion of our income – about one third – comes from parking fees, commercial rent and other charges. These revenue streams have pretty much disappeared overnight.

 “As a consequence, we expect to lose around $2 million in revenue a month between now and 30 June. As with any household budget, the only way to cope in an environment of drastically reduced income is to reduce spending.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt called on other levels of government to be more mindful of the serious impact that COVID-19 was having on local councils.

 “It’s disappointing that local governments have been excluded from the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper program,” Mayor Pettitt said.

 “Councils like Fremantle are being asked to substantially cut revenue through freezing rates, free parking and other measures, but we are also being asked to maintain expenditure – the biggest of which is salaries.

 “This is unsustainable without federal and state support.”


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.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, may day, unions by freoview on April 30, 2015

May Day poster

The annual MAY DAY celebrations and parade will be held in Fremantle again this Sunday on the Esplanade. There will be live music and entertainment, food stalls, a bar, and of course the unionists will march through the city centre at midday, so come and join the fun.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 27, 2014

may day. tiff The W.A. unions will be holding their traditional annual May Day parade and event in Fremantle on Sunday May 4. The parade will go through the streets of Freo at 12 noon and there will be live music, food stalls, kids’ rides and speakers all afternoon on the Esplanade, so come and join the fun.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 21, 2013

The news that there will be extended trading hours during the Christmas period is immediately followed by calls from State Government to scrap penalty rates for workers in the retail and hospitality industries, and one has to wonder why. If businesses are allowed to trade four hours longer on Sundays, and if they do so, they only do that because they are expecting more business, more sales, and more profit. They don’t do it out of the good of their hearts, or because they want to deliver a better service, but because they see an opportunity to make more money. So why should those who accomplish that for them; shop assistants, kitchen and waiting staff, etc. not also profit from it.

Scrapping Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates could well mean many people have to work additional hours during the week to make up for it, and that could be detrimental to their family life, studies, etc.

Why do we need ten-hour shopping days anyway. Are people really that bored?

Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on September 6, 2012

When I watched the all dressed up and pearls around here expansive neck Gina Rinehart telling the world that Australia is too expensive and that our workers earn too much while those in South African mines work for only two dollars a day, I thought this was a clip from Kath&Kim and someone was impersonating our Western Australian billionaire. But alas, what looked like a speech by the Queen was real and Gina had the temerity once again to tell us commoners what we do wrong.

My suggestion might be a silly one, but if rich people like Rinehart and CEOs working for mining and other big companies would take pay cuts many workers could retain their job. If Rinehart cut a million dollar a week from her income it would keep hundreds of people at work for fair wages, not a token gold coin. Just a thought, Gina.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 27, 2012

There are a few disgruntled ice skating lovers in Fremantle who worked for the Winter Festival on the Esplanade. They complain they were paid below minimum wages and did not get extra pay for Sunday work, while some worked 13 hours straight without getting a meal.

Reportedly the Winter Festival averaged 1300 visitors a day at $ 20.00 each, so that looks like a healthy turn over of over $ 180,000.00 a week. Surely enough to pay casual staff award rates. However one has to wonder why staff did not check about conditions and pay before they commenced working for the company.

The people of Fremantle obviously loved the Winter Festival and I was told it will definitely return next year, so maybe the City of Fremantle could make it a condidtion of use of the Esplanade that adequate rates are paid to casual staff.

My advise to everyone offered casual work, no matter how young or old, is to make sure you know before taking on the job what you will get paid for it and what is expected of you. Complaining after the event means you did not do your homework.

Roel Loopers


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