BIDFOOD MEMBERS WIN EA
Bidfood in Albion Park Rail just finished their EA with a pay-rise of 3.75%, 3.5% and 3% across the 3 years. The members at Bidfood also held off efforts to remove their picnic day.
REMONDIS MEMBERS PAY INCREASE
Remondis Picton members have just received a 7% increase to their hourly rate in recognition of previous missed years. It has been a long struggle to get to the table and fight for what was missed out on. After long negotiations, the members stood together and moved the company to a better outcome.
BAINES MASONRY INCREASE PAY AND ALLOWANCES
Members at Baines Masonry finished their EA negotiations and will receive 3% increases each year over the next 4 years. On top of the increase, Baines masonry are receiving allowance increases. Members are receiving CPI based increases as well of 5.2% as the last EA had a CPI clause attached.
CLEARY BROS STILL NEGOTIATING
Cleary Brothers members are still entrenched in EA negotiations. They are fighting for a fair increase on wages but also trying to strengthen clauses surrounding work provisions and expectations.
VENTIA NATIONAL AGREEMENT
Members working at HMAS Albatross have a now completed Ventia national agreement. Members will receive increases of 3% each year which will include a retrospective back pay but also see their allowances improve.
KEEPING MARINE DRIVE BUS TERMINUS
Congratulations to all who took part in the fight for bus driver safety at the Wollongong foreshore. Wollongong Council must hear and act on the message from Bus Drivers that safety must come first, for themselves, and the city. Marine Drive Terminus must remain available until a new permanent terminus is ready to go. My thanks to all who came and all who supported members including Arthur Roris and Uniontown members of the South Coast Labour Council alongside local MP Paul Scully. As TWU Official Brad Gibson told to the rally, “This is a community issue, and if we do not get Wollongong Council to listen to us soon, and give us some kind of guarantee that we are coming back to Marine Drive or a facility that can facilitate everyone’s requirements, it will start being ramped up into more of a community issue. We cannot have people walking two and a half minutes each way to go to the bathroom, its not sustainable, it’s not safe, it cannot occur.”
SUEZ MORUYA REDUNDANCY WIN
Suez (Veolia) Moruya late last year lost the domestic waste tender with Council. After a long TWU consultation with the company, Suez have finally agreed that the drivers would receive their redundancy as long as they complete the requirements of the contract at Suez. This will not hurt or take away their chances to apply for a job at Cleanaway who have won the tender moving forward. A massive congratulations to long-standing delegate Jack Loo who fought hard throughout the entire process to get the outcome.
Rob Pirc • Sub-branch Secretary