Community and Public Sector Union Victoria (CPSU)
CPSU and GMW concluded negotiations on a new GMW enterprise agreement 2018. The proposed new agreement will only last for 18 months and expires on May 4th, 2020. Negotiations of a new agreement will commence 6 months prior to expiry. Main changes are:
Some other changes include:
There are no other major changes to the current agreement.
CPSU sought financial security over prolonged negotiations in accordance with the bargaining strategy endorsed by employees back in July. Thankfully, GMW shared this position when they finally disclosed their list of claims, and the parties reached agreement after an intensive 3 months program of meetings and correspondence.
Given this deal has been made so close to the beginning of the government's caretaker period, a part of the lead up to the Victorian State Election, CPSU has requested GMW management move quickly to get this agreement to an employee vote.
CPSU anticipates the new agreement will be made accessible for members to review, and a vote carried out before the end of this month.
As there are minimal changes to the Agreement, CPSU believes this is an ambitious time frame, but certainly achievable.
CPSU would finally like to thank the members who volunteered as bargaining representatives: Nick O’Brien, Nichelle Schrader, Mark Halden, Neville Staley, Lex Forster, Darren Kirkpatrick, Anthony Brown and Dale Farnsworth. Members can be proud of their advocacy on behalf of CPSU members, and the solidarity with which we approached negotiations.