We are pleased to announce the finalization of negotiations after 8 months of discussions with the company for a new union collective agreement. Your union the AMIEU has agreed in principle on the proviso that if a majority of members vote in favour of the deal we will have reached agreement. The agreement will then have to pass the No Disadvantage Test determined by the Workplace Authority. Almost two thirds of the work force voted in favour of the agreement on 14th May 2009. The new proposed deal covers every employee on site apart from security personnel.
Some of the key benefits to the deal are:
- The return of the 38 hour week
- The return of 17.5% leave loading
- The return of Saturday overtime penalties (time and ½ for the first 2 hours and then double time after for butcher shop and processing staff)
- Seniority clause
- Preference for permanent workers as opposed to casualization
- 20% wage increase over 5 years
- The ability to earn 5 days pay in 4 days under agreed circumstances
- Average weekly earnings on all paid leave for piece workers (including sick leave)
- 12.5% increase in the first year in hourly rates for all paid leave for follow on labour.
- All existing tallies secured for piece workers
This has been a long drawn out process and your union sees having a long term deal in this global financial crisis as a clear benefit for all parties concerned. Our only problem we may face is the company’s ability to access livestock for processing. This of course has always been our main concern NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. The Tasmanian branch thanks our delegates on site and in particular would like to congratulate our state president WHIPPY SMITH based on the outcomes of these EBA negotiations.