During the negotiations, the contractors indicated that CFMEU delegates had written to members that the major manufacturer Lendlease had accepted the union agreement. However, it should be extremely worrying for employers that this decision implies that each external party is able to freely request and review all supporting documents submitted with an application for approval of the agreement. 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. 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. Hansen Yuncken and Richard Crookes join other NSW manufacturers, FDC and Lipman, who reached agreements last week as part of the first wave of non-union votes. However, the MBA stated that the agreements were the same as the old CFMEU agreements, only with wage increases of less than 5 per cent per year and maintaining the previous and more flexible RDO schedule of the union. He stated that more entrepreneurs would try to enter into non-union agreements before Christmas and that there would “undoubtedly” be more ballots. “The recent Agreement for the Victorian Branch Scheme of the CFMEU is marketed by the union as a good deal for businesses and employees. In fact, it`s not fair either.
The agreement provides for a doubling of contributions to Incolink, a fund created to give workers redundancy rights. The implementation of appropriate regulatory standards for funds such as Incolink for the protection of workers and businesses is long overdue,” Innes Willox, managing director of the Australian Industry Group, said today. Asked whether he had an agreement in principle with CFMEU, a Lendlease spokesman said he would “continue negotiations on his enterprise negotiations independently.” MBA NSW Executive Director Brian Seidler said the ballots indicated an unprecedented split in the industry and argued that the more flexible agreements of second-year fighters would give them “more ground to play” than top animal builders. 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. After the vote, Greenfield said that the majority of voters had rejected the substanding agreements supported by the MBA. The following day (22 July), an industry manager of the NSW subsidiary forwarded correspondence to the CFMEU at the FWC`s general e-mail address, in which he contradicted the “certificate” of the agreement and requested a copy of all documents relating to the company`s application, including an affidavit and the Communication on Representation Rights (NERR) provided to employees.