For the first time in more than a decade, the electricity union secured 14 percent wage increases in new enterprise agreements to set the standard for NSW`s electric companies and reinstated project benefits. „There is a turning point, and I`m pretty sure we`ve got it where these agreements don`t yield anything – no added value, no productivity compensation, no even increased dispute resolution procedures.“ „By entering into agreements with some of NSW`s largest electric companies, the ETU has established an industry benchmark,“ he said. This year, cfMEU is advancing a new agreement that will increase location allowances for projects worth $269 million to $404 million to $4.20 per hour, increasing 10 cents for every $100 million. It is significant that the agreements will reduce location allowances, which are set at between $2 and $5.25 per hour depending on the size of the project, for vacancies from December 2020. The agreements are an important victory for the ETU, which has pledged to raise the wages for NSW`s electricity purchases at the level of other states and will strengthen the Union of Construction, Forestry, Navigation, Mining and Energy, while beginning to promote its new model of agreement for the public construction industry. The state`s main partners, Fredon, Star and Heyday, have signed the union`s agreement, which provides for a wage increase of 5 to 7% in the first 12 months. The ETU strives to put in place the conditions applicable to other third-tier contractors. ETU Secretary of State Justin Page said the agreements followed union actions and were only the „first step“ in the union`s efforts to raise standards across Sydney`s construction industry. In particular, it wants the NSW government to test the new CFMEU agreement against the state procurement policy, which requires contractors to demonstrate productivity benefits for tenders. Under the agreements, base rates will increase by 14 per cent over a three-and-a-half year value, and licensed electricians will earn $52.10 per hour by 2022, slightly less than Queensland.
Productivity premiums are increased from $2 to $3.50 per hour and travel and travel allowances are also increased. If you need help or advice for a job, please contact your ETU organizer: this email includes a brochure that deals with important issues such as redundancy rights, social security and over-insurance. Please keep it as a reference. In a letter to the construction sector, the NSW treasurer said the „infrastructure pipeline will continue to maintain tens of thousands of jobs in the coming months.“ CFMEU NSW was the first to reinstate location benefits in 2012 after decades of absence, but demanded that they be paid in addition to productivity bonuses and other conditions that employers considered to be replacing the site. Let us stay together until we win the wages and the usual conditions of the sector. The union has notified a promoter or contractor who does not respect the strict safety system: completely protect your workers or we will report and ask for their closure. The ETU argues that location bonuses are one of the main reasons NSW salaries lag behind Queensland and Victoria. However, certificates required conciliation and unions began abandoning them in the early 2000s, instead of introducing productivity bonuses and other special rates.
The FIP document does not meet industry standards in many areas: the certificates put in place in the 1980s were originally intended to compensate workers for „disabilities“, such as wet weather and confined spaces. Brian Seidler, director of the Master Builders Association, criticized location allowances as money for doing nothing. They deserve the same rights and conditions as workers on the EBA union plan