Water bargaining update



It's bargaining season in the water industry, and ASU members have achieved some significant results across the sector.

The Coliban Water EA is done, with Management and unions reaching in principle agreement around the outstanding matters. This includes pay rises of 3.25%, 3.25%, 3%, and 3% over four years, a $2000 sign on bonus, and a new clause for managing underperformance and misconduct. Members can now apply to observe either Bendigo Cup, Kyneton Cup, or Melbourne Cup as a public holiday, and staff at the top of their band will now be eligible for a 1.5% or 2.5% bonus.

East Gippsland Water has also concluded, with members there gaining salary increases of 3% per year over years, a $1070 sign on bonus, increased flexibility around long service leave, the option of additional compassionate leave, a new clause for misconduct and underperformance, stronger consultation provisions, and additional delegates training leave.

Both agreements have been submitted to Government for approval, and will go to ballot in the coming weeks. The pay outcomes in the water industry are governed by the State Government Wages Policy, but this does not mean they are pre-determined, or that anything is guaranteed. As can be seen by the results in Coliban and East Gippsland, pay outcomes can vary according to the level of Union strength in the workplace. The more members we have, the better bargaining position we are in - be sure to ask a colleague to join ASU today.

Bargaining has commenced in Western Water, and will be commencing shortly in South East Water, North East Water, Goulburn Valley Water, and GMWWater. And in Programmed/Barwon Water, Management have proposed to extend the existing Agreement by a year, with a 2.5% pay increase in January.

For further information please contact ASU Organiser Matt Price.


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