Following last week’s meeting, the unions sought feedback from members regarding the offer tabled by BlueScope management. The offer was rejected by 99.28% of the membership.
Members indicated they were angered by the offer. Members consistently felt the offer was well short of their expectations and didn’t deal with the claims the unions have been pursuing.
The Unions tabled draft clauses on the following claims:
Casual Labour (employed by Bluescope)
Conversion from casual positions to permanent positions after 6 months
Measures ensuring that Labour Hire and Contractors are paid no less than employees engaged under the agreement.
Fixed Term Employees should be employed for a maximum 12 months, after which time they become permanent.
Disputes Resolution Procedure – to allow all matters to be covered under the Disputes Procedure. Status Quo provisions would also be put in place to ensure that the situation that existed prior to the dispute arising will be maintained.
Discussions were also held around updating departmental agreements, classification structure review, deduction of Union fees and two separate agreements.
Bluescope have expressed concerns over clauses relating to casuals, contactors, labour hire and disputes procedures and are continuing to push for one agreement for both sites.
We are pushing for two separate agreements.
We are agitating around the issues above relating to casuals, contractors, labour hire and enhanced disputes procedure as these are vital protections which are key within any future agreement.