Energy QLD Negotiation Update
Our Union, along with the other industry unions, met with Energy Queensland representatives to continue preliminary discussions around the EBA renegotiation on 10 and 11 October 2023. Unfortunately, approval has not yet been provided by the QLD Government for EQL to formally commence negotiations and so we can not progress beyond preliminary discussions at this stage.
Whilst there were encouraging aspects to the response from Energy Queensland, it is clear there is a lot more work to do to ensure the next Energy Queensland Union Collective Agreement addresses the increased cost of living and provides an equitable outcome for all employees.
Energy Queensland continues to rely on the GOC Wages Policy to reject some of our key claims, including:
- biannual wage increases in the order of 5%;
- increasing annual leave to an amount that is equal to the industry standard (six weeks for non-shift work; seven weeks for shift work);
- increasing the quantum of paid parental leave;
- claims geared towards recognising and rewarding lengthy service across all classifications.
Despite their current response, our Union will continue to advocate for these issues to ensure EQL offers its employees the conditions that will enable it to meet the requirements of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan.
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