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Reasonable deal struck at Hanson Quarries

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I have just knocked over the first of three sets of negotiations with Hanson Construction Materials.

And despite all the doom and gloom hanging over the state we achieved some reasonable outcomes for our members on the Red Hill and Byford quarries.

We have shaken hands on a deal that will deliver pay rises of 3% + 2.5% + 2.5%.

These increases are above the current industry and market rate.

CPI is currently running at 1.4%, with the Wage Price Index for WAat 2.1% and 2,3% nationally.

In addition to the above we managed to nail a couple of other important issues.

Hanson put aside initial reluctance to agree that a $1200 bonus system be included in the Enterprise Agreement. And increased in line with pay rises.

Previously it was outside the agreement and unprotected, making it easier for the company to do away with it.

Other wins include:

  • Back pay to August 25 when the old agreement expired, instead of the agreement registration date which could be months later.
  • Crane allowance increased from $10 to $30 per week for those with the relevant ticket.
  • Increase in maintenance/ confined space allowance to$3.50 per hour.
  • Meal allowance to increase with wage rate increases.