Talks with BlueScope management continued this week.
Discussions were held regarding the introduction of change/consultation clauses. Discussions were focused around the ‘interest’-based approach taken recently, as opposed to the “Letter 1, Letter 2” approach detailed in the current agreement.
The ‘interest’- based approach will be discussed in more detail at the next meeting.
BlueScope management provided further information on the staff bonus (profit share plan) for consideration. This information will be reviewed in future meetings.
Discussions were also held on our claim for penalty rates on personal leave. The Negotiating Committee put forward a strong and forthright stance on this issue, reflecting our membership’s firmly-held desire for these rates. Penalty rates on personal leave will continued to be discussed.
BlueScope management continue to hold concerns surrounding absenteeism levels.
The Next Meeting
Discussion will continue on the matters mentioned above, along with our claim of Trade operator/ staff operator removal/boundaries and our claim for a Classification Structure review.
Brach Currey - ETU Organiser
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