General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

Bluescope EBA Update - 23 May

Paul Lister - Thursday, May 24, 2018

As previously reported, the Unions have lodged a “Bargaining dispute” with The Fair Work Commission in an attempt to bridge the gaps over our outstanding claims.

Today we had a brief phone conference with Deputy President Dean of the Fair Work Commission to set dates for the Bargaining Dispute.

On 4 June 2018 at 12:00pm we will be having our first meeting at the Fair Work Commission, with the 28 & 29 June 2018 also scheduled if required.

Why have the Unions lodged A Bargaining Dispute?

The Unions feel that negotiations have stalled, progress is not being made in relation to our key claims of:

% increases; penalty rates on personal leave; bonus system; two separate enterprise agreements; and the trade / staff operators.

With our enterprise agreements expiring on 23 July 2018 we could either continue discussions and hope progress is made to avoid protected action or seek assistance from the Fair Work Commission to help facilitate discussions between the parties on the issues.

As this is the Unions’ application to the Fair Work Commission, if we feel that the Bargaining Dispute is not helping to resolve our differences we can withdraw at any time.

The next negotiation meeting will be held on 24 May 2018.

In Unity

Brad Currey