It’s been almost 12 months since pre-bargaining discussions with LanguageLoop paused. During this period, TIA has continued to engage with the Victorian Government to ensure the fulfilment of the Government’s commitment to changing LanguageLoop’s operations from contracting to employment with the negotiation of an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA).
In order to move forward, TIA and LanguageLoop are jointly seeking the assistance of the Fair Work Commission’s Collaborative Approaches Program
to facilitate the following:
- Organisational change
- Dispute resolution, and
- Enterprise bargaining
This will include assisting LanguageLoop and TIA in identifying the appropriate minimum conditions that currently apply, assisting in facilitating the transition of contractors to an employment model and bargaining an EBA to set new wage rates and conditions of employment.
LanguageLoop is a public entity within the Victorian Public Sector and sits within the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing portfolio. As a prescribed public entity, LanguageLoop is subject to certain Victorian Government policies, including the Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015 and the Victorian Government Wages Policy and the Enterprise Bargaining Framework, as amended from time to time. As a result, Industrial Relations Victoria will also be involved throughout the facilitation process with the Commission.
After a long delay, this is a significant step forward and while we still have some way to go, with your involvement, we can see this transition through to a successful implementation.
To get more involved and contribute your views on your future working conditions, log your interest here.
As a consequence of their precarious working arrangements, translators and interpreters remain largely outside the industrial frameworks that protect other workers. An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement will provide enforceable protections under the law.
For more information about the transition, EBAs and why you need to be a union member to be represented in bargaining, read our LanguageLoop – Transition from Contracting to Employment FAQ here.
We are looking forward to working with union members and LanguageLoop to get this done!
If you are not a union member, now is the time to get on board!