General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
On 20 February mine workers rejected by 192-93 an enterprise agreement that would have paid half of each annual pay rise as a flat dollar amount, with half being paid as a percentage.
This would have seen non-trades workers earning a higher hourly rate compared to trade-qualified workers by the end of the three-year agreement.
The hybrid pay system was developed by CFMEU Mining and Energy Division regional leaders but voted down by rank-and-file CFMEU Mining members combined with ETU, AMWU and Professionals Australia members.
Unions will now return to the negotiating table. The ETU expects that the next draft of the EBA will revert to percentage-based annual pay rises, in line with trade union values.
ETU delegate Jason Cowburn said the CFMEU Mining and Energy wages proposal was ‘a severe miscalculation’ that has been rightly binned.
‘The hybrid pay idea failed to take into account basic facts such as the different number of hours worked by groups of workers here at Mandalong,’ said Jason.
‘Any system that results in non-trades workers being paid more than tradespeople is unfair and contrary to long-established relativities based on skills and qualifications.’
Jason said that rank-and-file CFMEU Mining and Energy members had rejected the proposal because it discriminated against trade and professional workers.
‘It’s a victory for solidarity. We have word from Centennial’s mine at Myuna that union members there will also reject any hybrid pay proposal. Hopefully all concerned have learned from this episode and we can move on to improved agreements at both sites,’ said Jason.
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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Canberra: Industrial action hits NASA Deep Space Network after negotiations break down with CSIRO management.
Staff at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex will stop work this afternoon to protest against efforts by CSIRO management to forcibly implement the Australian Government’s restrictive wages policy, which threatens to negatively impacting their wages and conditions.
More than 70 employees at the facility, including operational, engineering and administrative staff, will stop work for an hour from 2.20pm today, delaying the handover of communications responsibilities from the Goldstone deep space complex in California.
The Tidbinbilla facility is one of three deep-space communications facilities that support dozens of interplanetary spacecraft missions as part of the NASA Deep Space Network, the largest and most sensitive scientific telecommunications system on earth. While the centre is managed and operated by the CSIRO, it is entirely funded from NASA's space exploration budget with no financial contribution from the Australian Government.
The industrial action involves members of the Electrical Trades Union, Professionals Australia, and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.
ETU Canberra organiser Mick Koppie said negotiations between the unions and the CSIRO had been ongoing for nine months but had bogged down over management’s attempts to impose the Turnbull Government’s controversial wages policy, designed to reduce the pay and conditions of public servants.
“We have an extraordinary situation where workers at a facility that is completely funded by NASA to provide vital space communications are having their wages and conditions attacked as part of the Turnbull Government’s ideological war against the public service,” Mr Koppie said.
“Despite the fact that not one cent of funding for the Tidbinbilla deep space complex comes from the Commonwealth Government, workers have been told by management that they need to be covered by the restrictive wages policy that has already caused extensive industrial unrest across the public service.
“Today’s industrial action has not been taken lightly, but workers feel that delaying the scheduled handover of communications from California is the only way the leadership at NASA will be made fully aware of the mismanagement of this vital facility that is taking place at the behest of the Australian Government.”
Mr Koppie said industrial action was likely to escalate further if CSIRO management refused to budge, potentially causing disruption to NASA’s global deep space tracking and communication capabilities.
“Our members know just how vital their work is for maintaining communications with significant interplanetary research missions, which is why they have endured nine months of failed negotiations before taking this action,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the CSIRO board has dug its heels in and is insisting the Commonwealth’s wages policy be imposed on Tidbinbilla, leaving workers with no choice but to stop work in protest.”
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ETU members have backed a no-confidence vote in Central Coast Council CEO Rob Noble and his executive team.
The vote by 600 Council workers came after 15 months of inaction from Noble and his crew. Noble was appointed by the NSW Government following a forced amalgamation in 2015.
Noble has failed to solve or address key issues affecting all workers formerly employed by Gosford and Wyong Councils.
ETU organiser Brad McDougall said that Council electricians still don’t know whether their jobs are secure or at what rates they will be paid.
‘Rob Noble and his senior managers seem to be treading water until September, when the first elections for the new Council will take place,’ said Brad.
‘They refuse to make decisions on matters such as salary harmonisation that are central to our members’ interests.’
More than a year into the amalgamation process, 85 per cent of Council’s workers have not been appointed to permanent roles.
‘The only permanent appointments so far are the senior management positions. Meanwhile ETU members and other employees are facing great stress and uncertainty,’ said Brad.
In accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Registered Organisation Act 2009 the CEPU Electrical Division, NSW Branch (the Branch) has made available to members the complete financial report and associated documents for 2016.
By law the Branch must provide a copy of their financial report to members, this can be downloaded from the members area after logging in.
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.
With the footy season gearing up the ETU Footy Tipping Comp is now open for people to join. Try your hand a tipping your weekly favourites and get you workmates to join in the fun.
We will again be giving away periodical prizes through the season based on weekly results while the overall competition winner will receive one free week accommodation at the ETU Holiday Cabins at Nambucca Heads on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
The competition password is: Electric
In order to be awarded a prize participants must be financial members of the ETU NSW and ACT Branch.
Dave McKinley - Secretary
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