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Silcar Telecommunications EA goes to ballot

Employees at Silcar Telecommunications (now part of Visionstream) will vote on a new Enterprise Agreement (EA) on December 16 – about a year after negotiations for the agreement commenced. 

Employees rejected a proposed agreement earlier this year and since that time the CWU and other employee representatives have been working to try to address the problems that led to that NO vote. 

This second round of discussions with management concluded last month and since then Silcar Telecommunications has been waiting for confirmation from the relevant agencies that the EA complies with the federal government’s Building Code. 

The EA offers pay rises of 2.5% per annum or, in the case of the third rise, CPI, whichever is higher. It also:

  • introduces provisions for a new standby roster and related allowance;
  • introduces new allowances for electrical and air conditioning licences;
  • contains protections for current employees in relation to shift work and
  • provides that where employees commence work from home, the 40 minute start of day travel “give” does not apply. 

If the agreement is approved by employees, the first pay rise will be backdated to 31 December 2015.

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