Agreement has been reached on a number of items that employees identified as issues at the beginning of negotiations:
When last consulted by the CWU in March, Visionstream employees said that a key problem with the offer was the size of the wage rise proposed at that time.
Since then, Visionstream has agreed to a small increase in the first pay rise. The offer now stands at 2.5%, 2.5% and, in the third year, 2.5% or CPI, whichever is higher.
The Year 3 formula is designed to give some protection against inflation. At present, of course, inflation is running at historic lows, so the current pay offer does mean a real (ie after inflation) pay rise, although a very modest one.
The CWU has told Visionstream it still considers that the wage proposal doesn’t reflect the value of the work its employees perform. For this reason, the union cannot fully endorse the Agreement.
But it is now up to Visionstream employees to decide whether, on balance, the package of conditions and pay rates in the Agreement represents an acceptable offer.
The Union has worked hand in glove with your elected bargaining reps whilst also keeping workers updated during bargaining. But strong union membership will be vital to hold management to account when the EA is implemented.
It is vitally important workers whom are not current members consider joining the CWU. A membership application can be found at the union’s website at cwu.org.au.
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