Over the last two weeks a series of consultation meetings have been held with employees of Silcar Telecommunications (now part of Visionstream) about a proposed Enterprise Agreement (EA).
Earlier this year, employees rejected a proposed agreement. Since then the CWU and other bargaining representatives have been working to address the objections that were made to parts of that agreement.
The latest consultations have been designed to report on progress on this front and to assess the degree to which employees think that work has been successful.
The single issue that appears to be still causing most concern is the introduction of a standby roster for recalls. Management has already agreed to some further modifications of this clause but any re-wording has yet to be finalised formally by the negotiating group.
A further meeting of that group to agree on any post-consultation changes to the new draft EA will be held in the coming week. As previously reported, however, the new EA will not be going out for a vote until it has been approved by relevant authorities as being compliant with the federal government’s Building Code.
At this stage, it is expected that the ballot will be held in mid- October.