PA members at Jemena last week voted down an Enterprise Agreement distributed by the company.
Over the past 18 months, PA and the ASU have been attempting to negotiate an enterprise agreement that is fair in conditions and pay, and that also increases job security and provides increased clarity around the classification structure and associated process, for members. In October 2015, PA lodged an application seeking the assistance of the Fair Work Commission to resolve the impasse in bargaining. The parties met at the Fair Work Commission on a number of occasions however the outstanding matters could not be resolved.
Despite the continued efforts of both PA and ASU, Jemena made no improvement to conditions of members in the proposed enterprise agreement.
In March this year, PA members endorsed protected industrial action to support their claims for an improved enterprise agreement. PA members have been taking industrial actions to support their log of claims since May. Jemena has continued to resist constructive negotiations and in June put the Company’s proposed agreement directly to employee’s for their vote. PA members, and the broader workforce soundly rejected Jemena’s proposed Agreement.
PA continues to attempt to resolve the impasse with the Company. In the meantime, Jemena members under the leadership of local delegate Jeff Upston, are to be congratulated for their determination to seek a fair deal in the next Enterprise Agreement.