Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Star EBA Update: Undertakings in Fair Work Commission

Peter Moss - Monday, March 04, 2019

4 March 2019

Dear Star ETU member

Today, the ETU and Star have agreed to undertakings which will allow negotiations for a single enterprise agreement to progress.

This is a positive step that opens a pathway towards a union EBA at Star, however today’s outcome is just the beginning. We now enter an intense 10-week negotiation period that will require maximum unity and commitment from all ETU members at Star.

Please note, the company and the Union have yet to reach agreement on a significant number of fundamental claims.

Our delegates and members have stood strong to get us this far. We need to build on that good work to achieve our goal of improved wages, conditions, safety and apprentice rights.

Today Star agreed in the Commission not to pursue a Multi-Enterprise Agreement for the next 10 weeks (up to 13 May). The company committed to bargain with the ETU for a single enterprise agreement during this period.

In return, the Union agreed to adjourn all action against Star and its managers for 10 weeks.

We look forward to meeting with Star management and our ETU delegates to bargain for the improved benefits that our members so clearly deserve.

We note that the company has agreed not to seek employee approval of any EBA in the next 10 weeks without ETU agreement.

Please see below for a more detailed summary of today’s Fair Work Commission outcome.

Stay tuned for updates or contact our Construction Team for more information.


In unity

Justin Page, Allen Hicks
ETU NSW & ACT Secretary ETU National Secretary


Contact the ETU Construction Team for more information

Fred Barbin 0437 031 840        Antony Stegic 0414 877 943
Steve Bankes 0414 877 553    Stewart Edward 0419 210 442
Lawrie Duff 0400 749 008        Nick Bligh 0475 284 234




Key outcomes from Fair Work Commission 4 March 2019
• The proceedings be adjourned for a 10-week period, called the “adjournment period”.
• For the entirety of the adjournment period, the parties agree to the following:
o The parties will endeavour to negotiate a single-enterprise agreement.
o The respondent (Star) undertakes not to take any steps to progress the multi-enterprise agreement. This includes, but is not limited to, seeking its employees’ approval of a multi-enterprise agreement.
o The applicant (ETU) undertakes not to progress any Fair Work Commission or Court claims against the respondent, except in compliance with court orders that have already been issued.
o The applicant (ETU) undertakes not to commence any new bargaining-related proceedings. This includes, but is not limited to, an application for a protected action ballot.
o The respondent (Star) undertakes not to seek its employees’ approval of a single-enterprise agreement unless that single-enterprise agreement represents an agreed position of the parties.
• This agreement is to be recorded with the Commission and either party has liberty to apply on 7 days’ notice.