Cfmeu Victoria Enterprise Bargaining Agreement
- April 8, 2021
The union protects and improves the salaries and conditions of MPs. Our successful tariff campaigns continue to ensure fair wages and better conditions, such as over-starvation, rental pay, severance pay and income protection. In 2000, this branch of the CFMEU won the 36-hour week and gave workers 26 days of paid leave per year. However, this will only be marginal assistance for the costs of the Andrews government`s mega-projects, with civil infrastructure workers such as highways and rail generally not under the agreement. Under an agreement negotiated between the major contractors, the Victorian Master Builders Association and the Union, workers receive an average wage increase of 1.68 per cent in the first year of the agreement and then about 3 per cent per year for the remainder of the four-year contract. Workers in large commercial projects such as office towers, schools and hospitals are included in the model agreement which establishes cross-sector standards but conducts negotiations between the various companies and their workers. “We are optimistic that these agreements in principle will send a strong signal that Victoria is the place of construction and construction and will help promote investment and employment at a time when it needs it most,” Casson said. And while the agreement provides for a lower wage increase than in previous stores, the average annual wage increase over the life of the agreement is even higher than the wage increases Australia has seen in recent years. “You just can`t afford to pay for that anymore,” Ritchie said.
He congratulated the builders for the deal, but said: “The devil will be in the detail of what is hidden in the penalties and allowances in this agreement, all of which together make construction in Victoria extremely expensive than it should be.” In NSW, during the June pandemic, the CFMEU was still aiming for 5% annual salary increases for its members. During the coronavirus crisis was built in Melbourne, but the pipeline for future projects was reduced. Credit: Justin McManus, Ms. Casson and Mr. Setka had an unusually collaborative relationship during the pandemic, insisted on more social housing, 24-hour construction and rejected requests to shut down the industry during the pandemic level.