CBA underpays 8000 staff after HR tech system failure

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 17-Apr-19

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has advised that current and former employees have received some $4.8m in back pay to date, including interest. Problems with the bank’s human resources technology systems resulted in about 8,000 employees being underpaid. Julia Angrisano, the national secretary of the Finance Sector Union, says the bank and its Bankwest subsidiary may ultimately have to repay between $10m and $15m, although CBA believes that the final figure will be much lower. Some employees are also believed to have been paid at below-award rates.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, BANKWEST, FINANCE SECTOR UNION

Wharfies to strike over pay scheme

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 2 : 15-Mar-19

DP World’s container terminal at Fremantle will be affected by work bans and rolling stoppages from 19 March. The indefinite industrial action is likely to be extended to DP World’s other container terminals in Australia in coming weeks unless the dispute is resolved. The Maritime Union of Australia has objected to DP World’s proposal to scrap an income protection scheme. The union is also seeking an annual pay rise of five per cent over three years, but DP World has offered a 2.6 per cent increase.

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DP WORLD AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MARITIME UNION OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION

Veteran MPs facing a gold-plated retirement

Original article by Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 2 : 5-Mar-19

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop is among the six Liberal MPs who have chosen not to contest the 2019 election. Bishop is set to be paid more than $177,000 before tax each year in retirement, after 21 years in parliament. Liberal colleague Christopher Pyne will be paid more than $172,000 a year following a 26-year parliamentary career, while Labor’s Jennie Macklin will be entitled to an annual income of some $177,000 after 23 years in the lower house. Seven Labor MPs will retire at the election.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Morgan backs broker fee reform

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 17 & 18 : 4-Mar-19

David Morgan has stepped down as deputy chairman of Dutch bank NIBC after eight years. Morgan notes that the mortgage broking industry in the Netherlands had survived after commissions were replaced by borrower-paid fees, and he does not see why the same system, as recommended by the banking royal commission, should not work in Australia. Morgan, a former CEO of Westpac, does not believe that it will take the banks as long to regain trust as some have speculated.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NIBC BANK NV, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, IOOF HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX IFL, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Jacques to get modest pay rise of 2.5pc

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 1-Mar-19

Rio Tinto’s annual report shows that CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques received total remuneration of Stg4.29m in 2018, compared with Stg3.82m in 2017. His base salary will increase by 2.5 per cent to Stg1.138m from the start of March. Meanwhile, Rio Tinto’s remuneration committee has advised that the payment of bonuses to former CEO Sam Walsh will again be deferred pending the outcome of an investigation into the Simandau scandal.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

NAB CEO forfeits $22m as push for changing of the guard speeds up

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 17 & 22 : 21-Feb-19

National Australia Bank has revealed that former CEO Andrew Thorburn will receive a ‘golden handshake’ of $1m. However, he will forgo about $22m in performance rights following his resignation. Thorburn was paid about $4m in 2018, but acting CEO Phil Chronican will be paid just $150,000 a month while he is in the role. Meanwhile, NAB chairman Ken Henry will have no role in selecting a permanent successor to Thorburn, while Angus Gluskie of White Funds Management has urged NAB to choose a new CEO within six months.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, WHITE FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, CLSA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED

Compromise to end conflicted remuneration

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 11-Feb-19

The final report of the banking royal commission recommended an end to the grandfathering of conflicted remuneration payments as soon as reasonably practical. Labor wants to see an immediate end to such payments, while the federal government has called for them to end in January 2021. Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has put forward a compromise plan that would see conflicted remuneration payments end on 1 July 2020. Labor expected to support his proposal in the Senate on 12 February.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY

Labor slams attack on union super

Original article by John Kehoe, Joanna Mather, David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 11-Jan-19

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has criticised the Productivity Commission’s proposed changes to the default superannuation fund regime. He says restricting the default fund to a list of the 10-best performing funds is problematic, as returns can vary significantly over a period of time. The PC’s key recommendation is opposed by labour unions, while the Financial Services Council and the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia have also expressed reservations. However, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the proposal has merit and is worth considering.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, FINANCIAL SERVICES COUNCIL, THE ASSOCIATION OF SUPERANNUATION FUNDS OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION CUSTODIANS, SUPERANNUATION CONSUMERS’ CENTRE, BT FINANCIAL GROUP PTY LTD, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Rethink company strikes: Maxsted

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 15 & 16 : 4-Jan-19

The remuneration reports of three major banks attracted large protest votes at AGMs in December, putting them at risk of a board spill in 2019. Westpac chairman Lindsay Maxsted says the threshold for a ‘first strike’ is too low at 25 per cent, arguing that most resolutions put to annual meetings require a minimum vote of 50 per cent. Some 88 per cent of National Australia Bank shareholders voted against its remuneration report, while Westpac’s attracted a ‘no’ vote of 64.2 per cent.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED

Rio moves to defer bonus for ex-CEO

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 15 : 3-Jan-19

Rio Tinto is seeking to further postpone the payment of Sam Walsh’s last short and long-term incentive bonuses until an investigation into a scandal associated with the Simandou iron ore project is completed. The former CEO was due to receive half of his remaining incentive bonuses at the end of 2018; Rio Tinto had advised in February 2017 that payment of the final bonuses would be deferred. International agencies are investigating Rio Tinto’s payment of $US10.5 million ($15m) to a French consultant in 2011.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, GREAT BRITAIN. SERIOUS FRAUD OFFICE, UNITED STATES. DEPT OF JUSTICE, PERTH MINT, AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, MITSUI AND COMPANY LIMITED