News

Bechtel offers $100 a day to get strikers working

CFMEU protestors at the Port Curtis site taking industrial action against Bechtel.
CFMEU protestors at the Port Curtis site taking industrial action against Bechtel. Mara Pattison-Sowden

BACK pay, a $35 ferry allowance, a 15% pay rise, daily productivity pay, a daily travel allowance of $45 increasing to $50 in November and a $10 a day attendance allowance rising to $30 in November - these are just some of the sweeteners on offer to Bechtel staff.

Workers will be at least $100 a day better off under the offer, which aims to get strikers back on the tools as soon as possible.

The company approached the Federal Court of Australia late on Tuesday for an injunction against the CFMEU and 72 CFMEU individual and other union members to stop the industrial action, which started on Thursday.

Bechtel said it would remove warnings for those who have taken unlawful industrial action, and end "motelling".

>> Community patience running short over union action

>> Protesters are following the law on the picket line, police say

But the CFMEU said the negotiations were about work/life balance, not money.

With voting having begun on Tuesday, the company hopes people will individually look at what works for them in the agreement.

Employees vote through a third-party agent online from anywhere and are assured anonymity with their vote.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said voting had begun following more than 10 months of negotiations with the employees' bargaining representatives.

"These bargaining agents have been the CFMEU, CEPU, AMWU, AWU and one individual employee representing himself in the negotiations," he said.

"To say we haven't been at the negotiation table or listening to our employees through this process is pure fantasy.

"We've been negotiating for more almost a year in an effort to come to an agreement that is feasible and fair to both our employees and these projects."

CFMEU assistant state secretary Jade Ingham said the fact workers wouldn't stop protesting showed how serious they were.

"Our members have had a gutful of being stood over," he said.

"This is pretty much the only thing the worker has - his or her labour - and it's a fundamental right to exercise that and take away their labour.

"These guys are extremely passionate about the cause."

The Fair Work Commission issued its final decision upholding its direction that all industrial action taken to date was unprotected and should cease immediately.

As the CFMEU and individuals were not complying with the order given by Fair Work on Monday, Bechtel approached the Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday afternoon.

WHAT'S ON THE TABLE

  • Travel allowance to $50 in November
  • Ferry allowance $35/day
  • Island living allowance $10/day
  • LNG project productivity payment $10/day, increases to $30/day in November

Topics:  bechtel, cfmeu, curtis island, industrial action, lng




Magistrate sends man's 'serious' sex act case to district court

FILE PHOTO: Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon St.

Sex intruder case 'serious', goes to District Court

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Man dies on scene of "high impact" fiery crash

A PILE of black ash, debris and small car parts is all that is left at the scene of a fatal crash that took place along Calliope River Rd last night.

The car rolled "several" times before it burst into flames.

Busy Gladstone facility to receive $3m revamp

Community and youth development officer Bec Frost is really happy about the new funding for the PCYC. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

The expansion will boost jobs too, with a "locals first” focus.

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Gladstone landlords in trouble with Bechtel job losses

"If a big project was announced tomorrow I wouldn't want to see it"