ETU and AMWU members at Downer Rail Maintenance in Auburn today voted overwhelmingly against a new agreement offered by management amid calls for management to do better.
Workers stood united and voted down managements offer which included a 3% wage increase and improvements to some conditions.
ETU Organiser Ben Lister said that today’s result sends a message to Downer management that it’s time to come to the table with an improved offer or risk alienating a loyal and highly skilled workforce.
“ETU and AMWU members sent management a clear message today when 78% of workers voted no to managements proposed agreement.” said Ben Lister.
“The ETU has been able to secure wage outcomes of 3.5% in the manufacturing sector and in my view a company like Downer can do better than what they were offering and our members deserve it.” Mr Lister said
“I have not heard from management directly but I have sent them a message that they have to improve their offer if they want to secure an agreement.
“I believe that Downer can sharpen the pencil a bit and I would expect any revised offer to be at least 3.5% plus the items we have already been able to extract as commitments from the company.” said Mr Lister.
After a two day negotiation lock-up the ETU and AMWU have already received the following commitments to:
Introduce an additional 10 minute break for shifts exceeding 8 hours in length
Modernize the Long Service Leave Clause
Salary top up for defence force service leave of up to 10 days per year
Increase redundancy payments for long term employees, and;
In an unprecedented move all employees covered by the agreement will receive a $75 Coles shopping voucher.
The ETU will head back to the negotiating table to secure an improved outcome for members.