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EQL Bargaining Update – Amendment To The GOC Wages Policy

Energy June 19, 2020

Earlier this week we understand that the government wrote to EQL outlining an addendum to the Government Owned Corporations Wages policy.

The amended Wages Policy will include a wage freeze in the 2020/2021 financial year.

Whilst EQL has not corresponded with the Services Union, and no further meeting of the single bargaining unit (‘SBU’) has been held at this time, the wage increases we are anticipating will be as follows:

  • 1 July 2021 – 3%
  • 1 March 2022- 3%
  • 1 March 2023 – 3% with the agreements set to expire on 1 March 2024.

This development has been eagerly anticipated, and given we reached in principle agreement with EQL some months ago, we thank our members for their patience during this time!

The next steps will involve EQL receiving a briefing from the Office of Industrial Relations, then a further bargaining meeting will be held with the SBU where we anticipate EQL will formalise the above position with regards to wages. We have urged EQL to undertake these steps quickly. The draft agreements (both the Energy Queensland Union Collective Agreement and the Energy Queensland Retail Union Collective Agreement) will then need to be finally approved by the Cabinet Budget Review Committee before going out for ballot.

Once we obtain the final confirmation after the SBU meets with EQL again, we will keep members informed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 07 3844 5300.

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