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Issue #1557      25 July 2012

Lend Lease workers strike

As The Guardian went to press members of the Construction Division of the CFMEU working for Lend Lease around the country were preparing to strike for 48 hours with further action likely. The action follows a breakdown in negotiations for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

The main points of disagreement in the dispute relate to a range of issues. They are:

  • The date of operation of increases
  • The implementation of the Employee Share Acquisition Plan
  • Security of employment clauses
  • Site allowances in the ACT, NSW and QLD
  • Use of electronic site access cards
  • Payment of crane crew rates
  • Inclusion of WA in the Agreement

“The CFMEU continues to negotiate with Lend Lease on the agreement,” said Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan.

“However, our members are prepared for a long hard battle with Lend Lease to secure a decent national EBA. That ought to be understood by the industry and Lend Lease’s clients who want to see their buildings finished in a timely way.

“The company’s position on delaying increases and the other issues is not acceptable to our members. They are prepared to fight hard to ensure Lend Lease come up with a better deal,” Mr Noonan said.  

Next article – 1998 all over again at Patrick’s Port Botany

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