Employees at Silcar Telecommunications (now part of Visionstream) have voted strongly in favour of a new Enterprise Agreement – after a long wait.
Negotiations for the agreement, which covers what used to be known as SilcarTelepower, began in late 2015.
At that time there were well over 100 employees in scope. By the time the agreement actually went to ballot, the number of employees eligible to vote was 56. Of these 51 actually voted and of these 43 (84%) voted YES.
The agreement delivers pay rises of 2.5% per annum, two of which (including one as back pay) have already been paid in recognition of the fact that the hold-ups to getting the agreement approved were completely out of employees control.
It also offers protections against current staff being required to perform shift work, more sensible provisions around start of day arrangements and significant payments for staff on standby.