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We crack top pay deal at Cockburn

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CockburnIt's been a brain-sapping exercise but we have finally concluded our latest round of pay negotiations at Cockburn Cement.

The process is always a bit long winded due to the involvement of all trade unions with members on site.

Delegates and officials from the CFMEU, AMWU, TWU, AWU and CEPU were at the bargaining table and everyone likes to have their say.

Our delegates Dave Frame and John Nairn played an important role in the talks.

The old agreement expired on 1 November 2010 which seems like yonks ago. But we actually knocked this deal over quicker than in other years. And with Cockburn agreeing to operate the new agreement from the day after the old one died, everyone will be back paid.

Back pay are magic words. I've never come across a worker who didn't like a bit of back pay. I've also met people who don't like mentioning it in the Wheel because their wives read our magazine too.

Anyway, back to the deal and what it means for our members and their families.

Importantly there will be a juicy 5.5% pay increase to apply from November 1 last year. Plus two annual rises of 4% and 4% with CPI protection in the third year if inflation runs rampant.

At Cockburn our members are paid annualised salaries which means, people get paid more on annual holidays, sick leave, etc. This has been a big positive but it has also restricted Cockburn from offering extra overtime to its employees. This will now be overcome with the introduction of a special project rates to be paid to those who are called in outside their normal hours. This will help to cut down on the use of outside contractors and labour hire and give our members more earning capacity.