Negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement in Visionstream Telecommunications (formerly Silcar Telepower) have been underway since late last year and are now moving towards a conclusion.
This week (beginning 14 March) the CWU has been consulting with members and other employees over the contents of a draft agreement.
There are still some matters to be finalised in negotiations and the current draft may still be modified in the light of employee responses. However the draft does represent the final point reached to date on most of the major issues dealt with in negotiations.
The CWU consultations have thrown up a number of questions in relation to the agreement.
It appears, however, that the issue causing most dissatisfaction is the proposed pay rise which at this point stands at 7.2% over three years – a rise the CWU has pointed out may not even match inflation over the period.
The CWU will be making further representations to management on this and any other outstanding issues early in the week beginning 21 March.