Lend Lease workers stand up and win
The tough stand taken by CFMEU members working for Lend Lease has ensured that the Union’s national negotiating team reached agreement with Lend Lease on Monday 6 August on all issues in the dispute.
Strike action at Lend Lease jobs right across the country from July 24 left the company with no illusions as to the determination of their workers to secure a good deal. And that determination has paid off with a great win.
What's in the new deal?
The new JDA (Collective Agreement) for Lend Lease is a 4-year agreement with 5% increases on wages and all allowances each year. The increases are backdated to January 1, 2012 and will take effect from 1 January in future years.
Lend Lease employees in WA are covered by the national agreement.
Apprentices employed by Lend Lease will also be covered by the agreement. Those engaged through Group Training Companies will be paid standard industry rates of their States.
Importantly, the Lend Lease agreement restores site allowances in NSW and the ACT, at a rate of $2/hour from June 2013, increasing to the matrix scale of allowances from June 2015.
The Agreement includes an Employment Security Clause that ensures members wages and conditions cannot be undermined by using sub-contractors or labour hire.
There are also improved right of entry provisions and a commitment to resolve problems with site access systems.
If you don’t fight, you lose
“The determination of CFMEU members at Lend Lease to take a stand and keep the company at the negotiating table is what has secured this agreement,” said Dave Noonan, CFMEU Construction National Secretary.
“Lend Lease returned a profit of half a billion dollars last year on the backs of these workers. They have proudly earned every cent of those increases and the right to security of employment. A billion-dollar multinational like Lend Lease should be offering nothing less!”
The CFMEU thanks the Plumbers, ETU, AMWU, other unions, retired unionists and members of the community for their support during the stoppage.
The national Lend Lease Agreement will now go out to a vote by members in two weeks. If endorsed by the membership, the Agreement will then be signed.
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