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The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) and the Maritime Union of Australia’s (MUA) new rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Offshore Alliance has won a new agreement for Monadelphous workers stationed on INPEX’s Ichthys Venturer Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (PFSO) facility and the Ichthys Explorer Central Processing Facility (CPF).
The group of 180 Monadelphous workers will receive an 18–20 per cent rise in pay rates; yearly wage increases of 3, 3.5 and 4 per cent; conversion of the workforce from nearly 100 per cent casual to majority permanent; required employee training paid for by the company; and a range of other benefits including improved travel entitlements.
The benefits come on the back of renegotiations of the M Maintenance Oil and Gas Pty Ltd Enterprise Agreement 2015, which began in March this year and applies to the INPEX platforms in WA and the NT.
AWU National Secretary Daniel Watson called the win one of the biggest Australian union wins of the century.
“To achieve this result is hugely satisfying not just because of the employees directly affected, but because of the message this sends across the whole sector,” said Mr Watson.
“This is the beginning of a major correction in the sector.
“Workers at Monadelphous, like most workers in the oil and gas industry, were not receiving what their labour was worth.
“We’ve fixed that with this agreement and we can do the same elsewhere.”
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said unions were an important entity in the current economic climate.
“Australia oil and gas workers now know what they’re worth, and they know how to get it,” said Mr Crumlin.
“They need to join their union and they need to flex their collective muscle.
“If you want to increase Australian wages, tell Australians to join a union.”
The Offshore Alliance was formed approximately 12 months ago.
For more information visit the Offshore Alliance website.
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