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City slow to act on EBAs

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has accused the Gladstone City Council of not being pro-active enough in the negotiation of a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) for its workers.

State organiser Terry Grieves said they were trying to get the EBAs finalised as early as possible.

'The Gladstone City Council doesn't seem to be showing much concern for their workforce,' Mr Grieves said.

'We approached the council in November last year to get the process under way in the hope of having these EBAs finalised quickly.

'Unfortunately that hasn't happened.'

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union are seeking a three year agreement with a five per cent wage rise in the first year. Mr Grieves said the council had rejected that proposal and offered a one year agreement with a four and a half per cent pay rise along with a host of productivity conditions.

Spokesperson for council Greg Winter said negotiations on the EBAs were in their very early stages.

'We have until June this year to have everything sorted,' he said.



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