ETU members working for Star Group are on the cusp of securing an in principle agreement with management that largely delivers on the unions log of claim and delivers an outcome that is superior to other non-union agreements that have been implemented across some Sydney construction companies.
The ETU has been negotiating with Star management on behalf of our members since early June with negotiations getting off to a rocky start. After several meetings and a refusal by management to accept any union claims negotiations broke down which resulted in industrial action.
ETU members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action which hit Star hard at a time when many jobs were at critical stages. ETU members continued action for five weeks before returning to work in good faith to allow negotiations to recommence.
Star management presented a draft agreement last week with ETU members identifying a number of items needing attention. After further consideration Star management today presented an amended agreement addressing ETU members concerns.
ETU Organiser Brad McDougall said that negotiations were difficult and drawn out.
“We knew that these negotiations would be tough but that didn’t turn ETU members off when it came to their desire to secure a good outcome.”
“Management took a hostile approach but through the solidarity and unity of our members at Star we have been able to secure a good agreement in principle which will now go through the process of being put to a vote.”
The ETU negotiated Star agreement delivers an 11.5% pay increase over three and a half years. Introduces flat rate site allowance which is applicable immediately upon registration of the agreement, maintains strong protections for union delegates and requires Star to source labour from other EBA companies before considering labour hire.
“This is a great outcome for ETU members and goes to show that good outcomes can be secured but only if members stand strong and stick together.” said Brad McDougall.