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RMS Salaried Unions Urgent Award Update

RMS Unions Urgent Award Update – Offer Made (PDF version)

Union Members Successful in Enhancing Rights, Pay and Conditions

After a week of emergency negotiations between RMS unions and management, your unions this morning have secured an offer for a new award for RMS Salaried Staff.

The one year Award includes many wins for salaried employees including:

  • A 2.5% pay increase from 1 July 2016 (to be back-paid);
  • Enhancements to the Flexible Working Hours scheme that include no fixed core hours (replaced with a floating core), a 7am – 7pm bandwidth and protections for:

o   Paid overtime

o   Shift penalties

o   On call/call out payments

  • The ability to work family friendly hours;
  • Requirement for RMS to consider internal skills before utilising independent/professional services contractors or labour hire arrangements;
  • Enhanced consultation provisions (particularly relating to contracting out of work);
  • Improved working from home arrangements;
  • Commitments to discuss greater flexibility during the Christmas Closedown;
  • Including a traffic commander specific clause
  • Enhancements relating to the professional development of engineers;
  • A commitment to work with APEA (Professionals Australia) to implement reforms to help attract and retain women engineers;
  • Meetings with Maritime management to discuss labour practices;
  • Career progression reforms to help those working in Maritime;
  • A commitment to providing 10 days domestic violence leave to those affected by domestic violence.

In addition, your unions were successful in stopping significant changes to the IVR/EOI and Maritime section of the Award that would have resulted in a significant loss of conditions for Maritime workers.

Next week members will be sent a detailed list of changes along with a survey for members to vote whether to accept the hard won offer.

Your union officials would like to thank delegates, members and their fellow employees at RMS. Such a positive outcome could not have been achieved without your collective strength, and the powerful case you made together. When members unite they win.

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