Jun 9, 2017

Forestry Corp NSW – Enterprise Bargaining Update

Forestry Corp NSW – Enterprise Bargaining Update – June 9 2017 (PDF Version)

The CPSU lawyers did an amazing job supporting members at FCNSW in the Scope Orders Application. As a result of the CPSU undertaking this action for our members, FCNSW improved its offer considerably.
FCNSW was forced to admit its their assertions Level 6 employees would be “better off overall” by going onto an Individual Contract was incorrect. The offer by FCNSW for Level 6 was for:

  • Optional two per cent pay rises each year for three years based on good performance
  • Optional additional one per cent pay rise each year based on performance criteria (many yet to be set)
  • No guarantee to redundancy beyond the National Standards.

As a result of the CPSU supporting our members, the offer has now become:

  • 2.5 per cent pay rise each year for three years guaranteed
  • Optional one per cent pay rise each year based on performance criteria
  • Contractual guarantee that any redundancy would be as per the MEE Policy.

The Fair Work Commission ordered an independent survey of Level 6 employees, with full disclosure of the facts of what they would be voting for. Their contracts or the Enterprise Agreement with 2.5 per cent pay rise kept.
From the survey 29 Level 6 employees voted for the Individual Contracts and 14 Level 6 employees voted for the Enterprise Agreement. As the clear majority voted for the contracts, the CPSU conceded that FCNSW could progress with an Agreement for Levels 1-5.
This is not what the CPSU was hoping for in respect to our Level 6 members, but the majority of those employees affected have voted clearly for what they want.
The next stage is the vote for the Enterprise Agreement for Levels 1-5. The CPSU needs to hear from members whether they support this Agreement or not. Voting formally will commence on 29 June with location and dates to be confirmed. The CPSU will be in touch next week to ask members whether the CPSU supports the Agreement or recommends members vote NO for the Agreement.
Please keep an eye out for next week’s update.

 

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