Svitzer Enterprise Agreement

“Svitzer Australia is trying to negotiate in good faith with the unions a new enterprise agreement that will achieve a fair result for employees and ensure that Svitzer is on a sustainable basis to offer profitable careers and critical salaries across Australia. Svitzer`s operating contract expired in December 2019, but continues to expire under the Fair Work Act, so employees` high wages and conditions remain unchanged, according to the company. “Svitzer Australia was largely unwilling to enter into meaningful negotiations on a new enterprise agreement after the previous agreement expired,” said Ian Bray, MUA Deputy National Secretary. “Our approach to negotiation is based on our commitment to providing our customers with safe and effective clandestine services throughout Australia over the long term.” One delegate said, “What a great result, it should be the Svitzer thrill that Svitzer needs to understand that their staff is united in the understanding that we, the MUA, will not represent attacks on our wages and conditions.” AIMPE represents Marine Engineers, which are employed by a large number of employers throughout Australia. One of THE most important tasks of AIMPE is to help members as negotiators negotiate enterprise agreements. Where possible, the AIMPE official responsible for a company/sector will seek the assistance of delegates during the negotiation process. Trade union actions can take the form of a series of measures such as work stoppages, overtime bans and temporary changes in working practices. Svitzer Australia employs more than 1,000 people who carry out more than 50,000 port tug jobs in Australia each year, according to data from the company`s website. The company operates more than 100 vessels and serves 28 ports and terminals in Australia and PNG. Svitzer Australia made the following statement when it was approached by Offshore Energy Green Marine for a statement. Prior to the COVID-19 assault, Svitzer was in the middle of negotiations on the National Enterprise Agreement (EA). The company took advantage of the pandemic to its advantage, as most large companies have, and decided to stop the negotiations and began to change the conditions of Svitzer by attacking the POPs (port management). Svitzer has introduced a document containing 30 assertions that has effectively destroyed all the conditions of the Union over the past century.

The enterprise agreements negotiated by AIMPE with maritime employers are listed below. It is certain that such a reaction will bring Svitzer back to the table and do the right thing for their workers who worked around the clock and sacrificed for their business through a pandemic. This result only confirms that Svitzer`s MUA members are united and ready to fight to fight, which is right in their sector. Most of the enterprise agreements negotiated by AIMPE are reserved for engineers. This is the result of AIMPE`s policy of negotiating separate agreements. Separate agreements mean that only engineers can vote on the conditions applicable to engineers. “At this stage, Svitzer is unclear as to what form the proposed trade union action will take, and any trade union action depends on a vote by MUA members to approve the measure and the communication of concrete action to Svitzer.” In general, AIMPE members covered by an EA never need to consider any of the Modern Awards. However, employees who are not covered by an EA may be required to refer to the terms of the bonus. These distinctions set the legal minimum wages and conditions for all maritime workers in the six sectors of the maritime industry mentioned: “Notwithstanding this decision, we are committed to continuing negotiations in good faith with workers and trade unions.” “Instead of conducting real negotiations, the company made an offer that would have imposed pay cuts for the next two years.” The MUA has taken the only steps available to bring Svitzer back to the table, to ensure that wages and conditions remain above the consumer price index and that the industry benchmarks they currently have remain.

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