AGL Energy (AGL) acknowledges the Fair Work Commission’s granting of the Victorian Government’s application under Section 424 of the Fair Work Act to terminate the Electrical Trades Union’s (ETU’s) planned protected industrial action at AGL Loy Yang and AGL’s planned employer response action announced on 4 May.
AGL Loy Yang General Manager, Steve Rieniets said that as a result of the Fair Work Commission’s ruling neither AGL’s or the ETU’s action will proceed.
“We accept the Fair Work Commission’s decision. Our preference has always been to reach an agreement during negotiations which have been underway for almost two years. We are hopeful of a resolution that enables AGL Loy Yang to continue to provide reliable energy to our customers as the energy transition occurs.
“Our priority remains the safety of our employees, our operations, and the community; and we welcome the stability and certainty this process will ultimately provide,” said Mr Rieniets.
AGL will now enter a 21-day conciliation period, with a view to resolving the matters between AGL Loy Yang and the Single Bargaining Unit.
Any matters outstanding at the end of this period will be determined by the Fair Work Commission and a workplace determination issued. Once finalised, a workplace determination functions like an Enterprise Agreement, for a period of up to four years.
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 180 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.