Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has completed collective bargaining negotiations with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia (CEPU).
The new proposed enterprise agreement has been successfully voted in by Operational and Engineering employees and will be valid for four years, providing industrial certainty at VICT.
Key elements of the new agreement include:
- Unique stevedore arrangements and flexibilities specifically aligned to complement VICT’s specialised automated container management systems. For instance, VICT’s Operational 4 shifts on, 4 shifts off roster, along with a flexible 42-hour roster to continue, as well as VICT’s unique automated workplace roles and efficient manning levels.
- All Levels including casuals have been increased closer to so called “Industry Standards” within the first year followed by 2.5%, 3% and 3% for the remaining three years.
- By the 4th year, the average pay increase would equate to 13.6% over current rates covering all permanent employees.
- Total of 62 new permanent positions will be created. Based on the new agreement, it provides VICT with greater flexibility in our allocations and rosters.
Both parties have now concluded that continuity, security and compromise are in the best interests for all stakeholders, employees and VICT’s customers, especially considering the volatility of the pandemic’s impact. The agreement also highlights avenues for further strengthened dialogue and greater cooperation in line with shared judicial commitments.
It is hoped the resolution will serve to enhance VICT’s standing as a stable service provider going forward.
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