Enterprise Agreement discussions with Lend Lease are ongoing, with both the Communications Division (CWU) and Electrical Division (ETU) of the larger Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) involved in the negotiations.
This situation reflects the fact that the only current industrial agreement with Lend Lease covering telecommunications work was negotiated by the ETU several years ago.
That agreement reached its nominal expiry date in October 2011 but, as it has not been updated or replaced since, it still applies to a number of Lend Lease employees, all of whom are based in Victoria.
Lend Lease now wants a national agreement – and one that represents a paring back of several key conditions in the older one such as hours of work and shift arrangements. No agreement has been reached in these areas.
There is also no agreement at this stage on redundancy provisions, with the CEPU pressing for payments into a portable entitlements scheme and Lend Lease wanting the National Employment Standard (NES) – with some enhancements. Inclement weather provisions are also not agreed.