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. 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. 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. 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. The following location allowances apply from 1 October 2020 as part of the ETU`s Enterprise and Construction Agreements (EBA). 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. 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 ETU negotiates employment contracts on behalf of NSW and ACT members. These agreements contain the rights, conditions and rights of members working under an enterprise agreement, and include issues such as wage rates, leave requests, work schedules, classification structures and dispute resolution procedures: “There is a turning point, and I am pretty sure that we have reached an agreement where these agreements cannot add value. , not compensation for productivity, or even strengthen dispute resolution procedures. “By entering into agreements with some of NSW`s largest electric companies, the ETU has established an industry benchmark,” he said. Workers who are not covered by a specific labour agreement are most likely to fall under one of the modernist national awards. There are 122 modern awards that were designed to replace the thousands of state and federal awards in 2010.
However, NSW employees and municipal employees continue to be covered by government distinctions or enterprise agreements. The vast majority of ETU members are covered by specific labour agreements, but if you need access to your modern price, they can be found on the Fair Labour Commission website or if they are covered by a public price on the NSW Industrial Relations Commission website.