Negotiations have now been going on for more than a month with the bosses and NECA attempting to push through non-union agreements that deliver big benefits for bosses while delivering poor outcomes for workers.
ETU members at electrical contractor STOWE have overwhelmingly supported the union’s application for a protected action ballot which will step up pressure on management to come to the table with a genuine offer.
STOWE management have challenged the unions application for a protected action ballot but the union will argue in the Fair Work Commission that the ballot should be permitted to proceed in which we expect a ruling from the commission within two weeks.
If approved the ETU will be pushing to conduct site ballots where members will be able to vote onsite on set dates. A list of industrial action options will be available for members to vote on and the ETU will be asking members to support all options to provide members with as many options as possible which will include strike action.
ETU organiser Stewart Edward said that the time for cheap management talk is over and if STOWE management are serious about striking an agreement they must start negotiating in good faith and deliver a good outcome for workers as we coming into a construction boom across Sydney.
“Management have been full of cheap talk but it’s time they seriously consider some of the claims that workers are seeking including the re-introduction of site allowance, improvements to inclement weather provisions, reviewing penalties and delivering decent increases to pay and allowances.
“It is clear to me when I visit Stowe sites across Sydney that members are fed up with the antics of management and the games NECA are playing behind the scenes.”
“The fact that ETU members at Stowe are prepared to stand up and be counted by supporting a protected action ballot should send a strong and clear message to management that we will not back down and accept a sub standard non union agreement.” Stewart said.
The only way ETU members will get a decent outcome is by sticking together and rejecting managements sub standard offers.