TMR: The very latest update on your agreement

Posted July 29, 2011 by Alex Scott

Following on from the very successful and well-attended lunch time rally last Thursday (21 July 2011) where over 300 workers from Brisbane and the South East met at the Spring Hill Office Complex to rally for a better deal, TMR management called further urgent talks with union representatives.

Following on from the very successful and well-attended lunch time rally last Thursday (21 July 2011) where over 300 workers from Brisbane and the South East met at the Spring Hill Office Complex to rally for a better deal, TMR management called further urgent talks with union representatives.

Significant discussions occurred on Friday, 22 July 2011, between your union negotiators and TMR and JAG representatives around an option (known as Option 1) which included:

  • 3 year agreement;
  • First wage increase to align with the core rates as of August 1 2011 from 1 July 2011 + bonus of $650 (management have also indicated they could increase this to $750);
  • Second and third pay rises from 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013 would be the same amount as employees in the new Core EB get or a minimum of 2.5% if there was no Core EB;
  • Apply EDA7 conditions to all TMR workers (i.e. those under Core EB) from the date of certification and then bring employees of the core into the new agreement from 1 August 2012 ;
  • Progression for A0 and OO to be developed within first 12 months of the agreement;
  • Extension of time period that accrued time can be taken to minimise staff losing accrued time to be developed in first 3 months of agreement.

Steering Committee delegates saw this as a really positive sign until management sought further urgent talks with union negotiators on Tuesday only to advise that they were now not in a position to consider this option and reverted back to an option that was centred on a 13 month Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Members will recall that the first offer table by TMR included a 13 month MOU and was overwhelmingly rejected by the majority of members at this time.

Steering Committee delegates met earlier this week to discuss this turn of events and concluded that management had wasted the opportunity members had given them to progress negotiations positively and that the industrial action that was suspended last week in order to progress these negotiations should now continue to try to reapply pressure to TMR to negotiate a better deal.

This pressure will be applied in the form of a stop work action of up to 5 hours duration between 12.00 noon and 5.00 pm on Tuesday, 2 August 2011.  Formal notifications have been submitted to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) and TMR allowing members to take protected industrial action during this time.

Pickets will be held by striking members in the Brisbane CBD outside SHOC and Capital Hill, where the Director General and one of the Ministers for TMR reside.  Pickets will also be held outside regional offices with delegates currently finalising details.  Talk to your local union delegate or Organiser for details.

Members in the Gympie area are kicking off their stop work action with a lunch time BBQ organised by the local social club - go team!

Management were advised of this planned and immediately sought the assistance of the (QIRC).  Your union negotiators attended a QIRC session yesterday where management were clear that having spoken to their "principles" they were no longer in a position to discuss a 3 year agreement option.

TMR told the QIRC they believe they don't have any further capacity to negotiate with your union negotiators and have sought the formal assistance of the QIRC to conciliate the negotiations and help the parties to reach an agreement.  As a result your union negotiators will go back to the QIRC for conciliation with management on Tuesday.

TMR and the government representatives present were fully aware that union members will be taking industrial action on Tuesday and were happy to agree to conciliation while the industrial action occurs.

It's important to continue to keep an eye on your inbox and/or attend any union meetings run by your local union delegates as there has been a lot of miscommunication and/or difficulties with your union getting email communications through to union members.

It's more important than ever that all workers are part of your campaign for a better deal and join your union.

Stay tuned!

PS: If you know of someone who wants to join the campaign and have their say - they can join by filling in the form at www.amacsu.org.au/join/Downloads/AMACSU_membership_form.pdf.

 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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