Employees at AGL Macquarie’s Liddell and Bayswater power stations have voted to support a new three year Enterprise Agreement for 2017 to 2019, with 87.5 percent of the 480 employees participating voting in favour of the new agreement.
The ballot was conducted on site between Thursday 13 and Tuesday 18 October, and follows several months of negotiations between AGL Macquarie leadership, Unions and employee representatives.
AGL Macquarie Acting General Manager, Kate Coates, said the outcome was pleasing and a reflection of the positive and productive bargaining process.
“All members of the bargaining committee should be congratulated for their work over recent months and for their commitment to negotiating in a fair manner.
“It was a constructive bargaining process and has resulted in an agreement that provides certainty and stability for the future for our business, our people, our customers and the community,” Ms Coates said.
The new three year agreement includes a 3.5 percent pay rise each year and several other employment condition and workplace productivity improvements.
“Our industry and our region are both facing significant challenges, with tight economic conditions in an industry in transition.
“We are pleased therefore to have support for an agreement that rewards employees for the great work they do and at the same time provides security and continuity for our business.
“It is a good example of what can be achieved when all bargaining parties take an open and practical approach to negotiations.
“The community relies on a safe and secure electricity supply and this agreement allows us to get on with what we do best, meeting our customers’ energy needs,” Ms Coates said.
It is anticipated that the agreement will be approved by the Fair Work Commission in coming weeks. Once approved, the new agreement operates from 1 January 2017.
AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. It is taking action to responsibly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy to its customers. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL serves its customers throughout eastern Australia with meeting their energy requirements, including gas, electricity, solar PV and related products and services. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.