Curtis Island workers back third agreement
A MAJORITY of Curtis Island workers who voted on a third workplace agreement offered by Bechtel have voted in favour of the agreement.
A total of 54.3% of workers who voted were in favour of the agreement.
Of the people who voted, 3702 voted yes, 3119 voted no and 1309 didn't vote.
Construction workers on the island were informed of the vote before an official statement was released.
General manager Bechtel Gladstone Kevin Berg said the positive vote now meant everyone could get back to normal work activities.
"There is no doubt the actions of the CFMEU and others over the past week have caused some disruptions for our employees coming to and from work, some interruptions to work on the projects and concern and frustration in the community," Mr Berg said.
"But our employees have had their say."
The CFMEU protesters have left the picket line at Port Central.
Union comment is being sought.
CFMEU members have been protesting for more than a week in an attempt to influence the vote, with workers keen to secure a three weeks on, one week off roster, rather than the four on, one off currently in place.
The Fair Work Commission ruled on Wednesday that industrial action was no longer protected, and protesters risked fines of up to $10,000 each.
The first vote of a new agreement was held in May, with 32% of workers voting yes. The second vote, in early June, had 46% support.
Bechtel offered a range of inducements to encourage workers to support the third agreement, including back pay, a $35 ferry allowance, a 15% pay rise, daily productivity pay, daily travel allowance of $45 increasing to $50 in November, and a $10 a day attendance allowance rising to $30 in November