Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians
Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians
Kone lift workers have won a 16 per cent pay rise thanks to an incredible six-week campaign that demonstrates the power of union solidarity.
Around 200 Kone employees voted today to end industrial action and accept in principle a much-improved company offer.
Victory on the key union demand of 16 per cent higher pay came after 26 days of strike action.
Workers will soon receive a 5 per cent increase backdated to March with instalments of 4.5, 4.5 and 2 per cent to follow.
The 3.5-year agreement will be subject to a formal vote in around two weeks (see below). Other notable gains include:
• additional 0.25% super, taking employer contributions to 12.25 %
• all allowances increase in line with pay
• vehicle allowance paid to all with Kone vehicles
• significant increases to site allowance.
The breakthrough came after ETU and AMWU members took five four-day and one six-day stoppages over six weeks.
The company tried to push through an inferior offer last week but employees strongly rejected that and responded with a full week of strike action. That saw management cave in and increase the wages offer by 4 per cent.
The lift technicians and fitters lost a lot of pay but stuck together throughout to achieve a greater gain. Veteran unionists say this is the best result from a Kone industrial campaign in many years.
STRIKE ACTION SET TO ESCALATE AS MANAGEMENT LOSES PLOT
Kone lift workers plan to strike for 11 of the next 12 days after more than 70 per cent voted down a company pay offer in an official phone poll.
The six-week dispute will intensify after an overwhelming majority of union members elected to fight on for wage justice.
Fewer than 30 per cent of employees voted to accept Kone’s unilateral offer. Company managers are reportedly locked in crisis meetings.
The wages proposal put to lift technicians and fitters has not substantially improved despite weeks of industrial action.
For the past month Kone has not met with the elected ETU/AMWU Bargaining Committee.
A Trades Hall mass meeting this morning strongly supported seven days of strike action from Wednesday 20 September. That strike will follow a four-day stoppage starting tomorrow.
The mood at the mass meeting was ominous. Speakers from the Committee and the floor slammed Kone’s failure to negotiate.
The dispute has crippled Kone’s operations across Sydney.
Sydney Trains, a major Kone client, now issues regular warnings about rail network lifts and escalators. At World Square, Kone lifts and escalators are frequently out of order.
The company needs to take stock and revise its approach after today's failed vote.
Workers are in a strong position to win an improved offer provided we stick strong together.
ETU & AMWU KONE WORKERS MASS MEETING
8 AM, FRIDAY 18 AUGUST
SYDNEY TRADES HALL, 377 SUSSEX STREET
After two six-day stoppages, our campaign for wage justice at Kone has reached a critical stage.
Our industrial and campaign action is having a significant impact on the company.
We need to stick together and stay strong to win this dispute.
The union negotiating team met with management this afternoon ---- this is the fourth such meeting over the past two days
Management is under more pressure every day that we stay united in our action
The mass meeting this Friday will deliver a full report back and discuss the way forward. Please ensure you attend and have your say at this meeting.
ETU members report that management has approached and applied pressure to individual employees to return to work. Do not be intimidated by management tactics and threats, whether implicit or explicit. Our unity is our strength ---- that is why the company seeks to divide and rule.
Stay united, stay strong and let’s support each other until we achieve the wage justice you deserve.
In solidarity Steve Bankes, ETU and Fergal Eiffe, AMWU
The ETU has become aware that Kone management are pressuring members to change their work hours including start and finish times.
Under Clause 6 of the EBA Kone are required to consult with each affected employee. Clause 6.3 states that each eamployee is entitled to representation and Clause 6.9 of the EBA defines major changes as including the alteration to Hours of Work.
As there has been no consultation to date we advise all ETU members to work their normal hours and to not agree to any change in working hours including start and finish times.
We believe that Kone are in breach of the EBA if they continue to pursue these changes without consultation and providing each employee with the opportunity to have the union represent them.
THE ETU HAS PUT THE MATTER IN DISPUTE. ALL MEMBERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO WORK ORDINARY SHIFTS AND ORDINARY START FINISH TIMES AND NOT AGREE TO ANY CHANGE UNTIL CONSULTATION HAS OCCURRED. EACH EMPLOYEE NEEDS TO NOTIFY KONE BY EMAIL THAT THE ETU IS REPRESENTING THEM IN ANY CONSULTATION AROUND THE ALTERATION OF HOURS OF WORK.
More than 100 Kone lift technicians and fitters rallied today at the company's head office in Alexandria.
ETU and AMWU members enjoyed a hearty BBQ breakfast before marching on Kone headquarters.
The workers have one simple demand -- pay rises to bring their wages in line with the industry standard.
The dispute will continue until our members achieve wage justice.
ETU delegates from around Australia have set their strategy around key industry issues.
The union's annual Lift Industry Conference focused on:
* the implications of the Building Code for EBAs
* proposed changes to National Standards
The Conference brought together delegates from around Australia -- representing Kone, Otis, Schindler and Thyssen Krupp.
ETU members vowed to stay strong together and maintain the good conditions achieved through union action.
A National Day of Action has been organised to stand up and fight back against the Turnbull Government attacks on workers including:
- Cuts to Penalty Rates
- Rampant Wage Theft from Employers
- ABCC & Building Code Attacks, and
- Exploitation of Overseas Workers
Rally's have been organised in Sydney and Canberra taking place tomorrow Tuesday 20 June, details below.
ETU INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS MASSIVE TRAVEL ALLOWANCE UNDERPAYMENT
Kone apprentices are all smiles after banking thousands of dollars in backpay, thanks to union action.
An ETU investigation revealed the young ETU members were being paid just a fraction of their rightful travel allowance.
They are entitled to the same travel allowance as tradespeople but had been receiving lower rates.
Thirty apprentices were owed amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. That money is now safe in their pockets.
Are you being paid your full entitlements? Check with your ETU delegate or organiser.
The ACT commemorated International Day of Mourning at a site set up some years ago by the ACT Labor Government. It’s in a beautiful spot close to Lake Burly Griffin and adjacent the Carillion.
There were speeches from local Political leaders, Unions ACT, CFMEU Secretary Dean Hall and a Mother who had lost her son in an industrial accident, the circumstances of this loss was staggering.
Speakers commented on the legal and public outrage delivered to other offenders, for example “coward punch” initiators and the “slap on the wrist” for employers who fail to meet their safe workplace obligations.
Its fair to say that bosses have become emboldened in recent years, willing to cut corners for the sake of saving time, in the pursuit of even greater profits and these bosses are unlikely to change their tune until we change the Government and get rid of the ABCC and building code - both of which threaten the safety of workers.
Despite the sombre tone there was a significant gathering and the local Tradies Club who put on a sausage sizzle and drinks – thank you guys.
The ETU offer six general scholarships every single year with each scholarship valued at $2,000. These scholarships are available to ETU members, their children and their grandchildren. To qualify, you must be enrolled in studies in an approved course at a registered training organisation at diploma level or higher.
To apply for one of six annual general scholarships download the application form. Conditions apply (see application form). Applications are being accepted for 2017 and close at 4.30pm Friday 30 June, 2017. Successful applicants to be notified by 31 July, 2017.
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