Water Update


Lend Lease Coliban

Bargaining continues in a number of Enterprise Agreements, with mixed progress. Members at Lend Lease Coliban are into their fourth week of industrial action, in their attempts to get a decent pay offer out of Management. This comes after more than 12 months of negotiations failed to result in a decent wages offer for these workers.

Management has steadfastly refused to make a wages offer that is commensurate to the rest of the water industry, and workers have had enough of seeing their wages fall further and further behind.

Our stop work at the Coliban Water Treatment Plant was huge success, and received widespread media coverage. To view the Win News coverage click here https://www.facebook.com/WINNewsBendigo/videos/1991686517550123/

ASU and Management will meet on Tuesday 28th August to try to progress this matter.

Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water

Bargaining has stalled at Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, with Management refusing to increase their wages offer to something commensurate with other water authorities. ASU have sought Government intervention, and will update members of any progress.

North East Water

Meanwhile at North East Water, ASU are pleased to report that bargaining is progressing well, and we are hopeful that we will have an offer that we can recommend to members next week.

Management have already agreed to a number of our claims, and we are not far away from finalising a number of others. We hope to have an offer we can recommend in the coming days.


Last week ASU Secretary Lisa Darmanin wrote to Water Minister Lisa Neville to seek a meeting regarding insourcing. Over many years, large sections of the water industry have been outsourced from public sector entities to private operators, and workers have paid a big price for this. This followed statements from Premier Andrews about the failure of energy privatisation, a sentiment the ASU heartily agrees with.

We can report that the Minister’s Office have agreed to meet with us next Thursday August 30th, and we will update members of the outcome.

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