Callide Power Station Bargaining Update
Our Union along with the other relevant industry unions (‘the SBU’) met with CS Energy to commence bargaining for the new Callide Power Station Enterprise Agreement on 23 October and 24 October 2023.
During the meetings, CS Energy and the SBU exchanged their respective Logs of Claims and engaged in high level discussions around a number of the key claims tabled.
In response to the SBU Log of Claims, CS Energy suggested that it would unlikely be able to agree to a number of the key claims put forward by the SBU due to restrictions imposed on it by the State Government through the GOC (Government Owned Corporation) Wages Policy.
For clarity, our key claims will:
- seek to protect the employment of Callide workers through the energy transition;
- provide Callide workers with pathways to reskill and retrain;
- ensure that there continues to be opportunity for local employment through the Callide Power Station for future generations;
- provide workers with meaningful wage increases; and
- a number of claims geared towards ensuring that CS Energy can attract and retain the workers needed to meet the requirements of the Queensland Energy and Jobs plan, including by increasing the quantum of several different leave entitlements.
Over the past year, our Union has renegotiated a number Enterprise Agreements for other GOCs where the bargaining parties have agreed to claims that were well outside the GOC Wages Policy. In most instances, this has been off the back of our members in these workplaces taking protected industrial action.
If you do not want Callide to fall behind the other GOCs and want your conditions of employment to improve in a meaningful way, then we need YOU, as one of our members at Callide, to be prepared for the possibility of industrial action.
Should you have any questions about the negotiations, please do not hesitate to reach out to your bargaining team from The Services Union, which consists of:
- Ben Ellis, Senior Industrial Officer;
- Troy Lonsdale, Delegate;
- Mark Rowles, Delegate;
- Jasmin Munroe, Delegate.
The Services Union is by your side during these negotiations.