The Union Approach is very different with regard to companies, in particular those operating in the “Union EBA sector” (which is not clearly defined by the Union or by current market forces), without a signed agreement on trade union enterprises (EBA) having been signed at present. Under no circumstances should a contractor sign an EBA with cfMEU without first seeking outside advice. Indeed, if there is contact with a union official, it is strongly recommended to be advised by a specialist in the sector. In Queensland, the Union is targeting significantly higher rates of pay and conditions than the Modern Price, through industrial negotiations with major contractors and subcontractors, in order to conclude company negotiations (EBA). A notable feature of the EBA is the inclusion of an industry-wide RDO calendar with 26 RDOs per year with fixed breaks for Easter, Melbourne Cup and New Year`s Eve. Recently, the CFMEU sent mass correspondence on company negotiations (ABE) and invited employers to start negotiations. It would seem that this was specifically focused on companies that have the EBA, which expired in nominal terms, the EBA. However, it will only contribute marginally to the costs of the Andrews government`s megaprojects, as workers in civil infrastructure works such as motorways and rails are generally not covered by the agreement. And while the agreement provides for a lower wage increase than previous agreements, the average annual wage increase over the life of the agreement remains higher than the overall wage increases recorded by Australia in recent years. Under an agreement negotiated between the major contractors, the Victorian Master Builders Association and the union, workers receive an average wage increase of 1.68 per cent in the first year of the contract, and then about 3 per cent each year for the remainder of the four-year agreement. “We are optimistic that these tentative agreements will send a strong signal that Victoria is the place of construction and construction and will help promote investment and employment at a time when it is most needed,” said Casson. Workers on large commercial sites, such as office towers, schools and hospitals, are included in the standard agreement that sets standards across the sector, but can be negotiated between individual companies and their workers.
“You just can`t afford to pay anymore,” Ritchie said. He congratulated the builders on the deal, but he said: “The devil will be in the details, which is hidden in the penalties and allowances in this deal which, all together, make building Victoria extremely expensive than it should be.” Recently, the Union of Health Services asked the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for a 25% wage increase for elderly care workers. This could have a huge impact on our care for the elderly! Ms. Casson and Mr. Setka had an exceptionally cooperative relationship during the pandemic, pushed for more social housing, 24-hour construction, and refused to request a shutdown of the area during the peak of the pandemic. In NSW, during the June pandemic, the CFMEU was still aiming for annual salary increases of 5 percent for its members. According to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), negotiations will only begin when: in addition to raising wages, the Victorian agreement will include specific provisions for small projects to promote part-time work and make construction sites more inclusive for women. . . .