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BSCAA national president, George Stamas of GJK Facility Services,
said the main focus of the Association was to alert the public to
the importance of the cleaning industry and his passion was fully
embraced by the national board. Day one included an address by Ian
Silk, CEO of AustralianSuper and day two was devoted to looking at
the Association’s direction during the next three to four years.
The board discussed a number of issues regarding the current
curriculum – reviewing its relevance, standardising service delivery
between state divisions, developing new strategies to provide improved
member benefits, strengthening stakeholder engagements and raising the
profile of the industry and the BSCAA. “We are moving forward with
the strategic plan and it’s important for us to have regular communication
with our members, the industry and the public,” said Stamas. “I would
also like our hard working state branches to be recognised for their
excellent efforts and the way they handle specific state issues.”
Following the board’s approval, a special general meeting of BSCAA
members was scheduled for 19 March to adopt a new Constitution
that will transform the structure of the Building Service Contractors
Association of Australia Inc. (an employer body registered under the
NSW Incorporations Act) to become a company limited by guarantee
under the Corporations Act (Cth), known as BSCAA Ltd. At this
meeting the board and members unanimously voted to accept and
implement the new constitution.
The purpose of this change is to improve the governance of the
Association and to be incorporated under a more appropriate Act.
State divisions will retain their independence and control over local
activities under the broad policy guidelines of the national body.
Portable Long Service Leave Scheme
The Victorian Division of BSCAA has been in negotiations
with United Voice to revive the voluntary Portable Long Service
Leave Scheme, which operated in the state for a number of years.
Preliminary negotiations are taking place to introduce a mandatory
Portable Long Service Leave Scheme for Victoria.
Fair Work Commission
The Association has been involved in the Fair Work Commission’s
hearings of the four year review of the modern award. A number
of issues are still to be resolved including second engagement and
ordinary rates and the application of shift penalties on broken shifts.
Ian Silk, CEO of AustralianSuper
In his address to the BSCAA national board, AustralianSuper’s CEO Ian
Silk, discussed the potential changes to the default superannuation system,
in particular the government’s proposed removal of superannuation from
modern awards and enterprise agreements.
The current default super system provides employers with a strong
safety net of high performing funds from which employers can choose.
The vast majority of Australians leave it to their employer to choose a
superannuation fund for them to safeguard their retirement savings.
Referring to a recent survey commissioned by Industry Super Australia
(ISA), Silk raised concerns over the current push by bank-owned super
funds approaching employers offering incentives to encourage them to
switch their default super fund arrangements to a bank owned entity.
“This behaviour has to be seriously questioned,” he said.
Historically, bank-owned super funds have produced lower net
returns for their members than industry funds. Over the 10 years to
June 2014, AustralianSuper’s median annual return was 7.64 percent
per annum. This compares with median return (all super funds) of
6.78 percent per annum and 5.47 percent per annum for bank owned
funds (known as retail funds). This difference of more than 2 percent
over 10 years will make a significant difference in retirement savings.
The BSCAA national board members confirmed their strong
support of AustralianSuper as the default fund for the cleaning and
security industry for more than 20 years, which it sees as being in its
employees’ best interests to ensure a secure retirement income for the
many thousands of people employed in these industries.
From left front: Terry Corby (NSW president), Brian Ellem
(national treasurer), Barbara Connolly (national officer), George
Stamas (national president), Paul McCann (Vic president), Craig
Pollard (Qld executive director). From left back: Peter Rundle (SA
board), Cameron Palassis (WA executive director), Lyn Whelan
(WA president), Carolyn Journeaux (Vic executive director),
Matthew Collings (TAS president) and Peter King (Qld president)
BSCAA 2015 strategy plan underway
with an updated constitution
The Building Service Contractors Association of Australia
(BSCAA) held a two day national board meeting in
Melbourne on 25 and 26 February to discuss and for mulate
its 2015 national strategy plan. INCLEAN’s jour nalist,
Keith Watts, reports.
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