Negotiations for a company contract negotiated by the unions began in October 2019, more than two years after Sodexo first applied for approval of a non-union agreement. Alliance unions – the Australian Workers` Union (AWU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) – have just presented a new enterprise agreement with an immediate 15 per cent pay rise, guaranteed annual increases and a payment sign that doubles as additional payments. Sodexo submitted an agreement to the staff vote in October 2020. The majority of workers voted in favour of the agreement, which provides for a number of substantial improvements in the conditions of De Sodexo offshore workers, including:1. An immediate increase in wage rates of 15%;2. aging at all hours payable;3. commitment to Aboriginal employment4. Workplace safety provisions – Contractors and employment agencies must be subject to at least the same conditions as workers covered by the Enterprise Agreement,5. Training of Union delegates6. New allowances, including night shifts, craftsmen, chefs and employees in some offshore facilities7. A large sign-up bonus;8. Blocked Roster and automatic pay increases when a change in the rolling chart results in an increase in working time;9. improved service pay;10.
Guaranteed annual salary increases; and 11. An improved clause on increasing tariffs. Daniel Walton, national secretary of the AWU, said: “Sodexo has tried for more than two years to keep its workers at one of the lowest pay rates in the industry and to prevent the Alliance from negotiating better terms of employment. Sodexo did not expect the Alliance to commit to freeing the sector from these second-place agreements, and not to requiring Alliance members to organize, stand united and take steps to support their demands. Instead of starting negotiations with the alliance after twice approving an enterprise agreement, Sodexo appealed against the Commission`s decision to reject the application. Sodexo obtained its agreement with this appeal before a full-fledged bank of the Commission, as it did not benefit from procedural fairness in its application. The Sodexo agreement was forwarded to another member of the Commission so that it could be considered a third time. The Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is one of 31 primary health networks created by the Australian government to support front-line health services. Our goal is to improve the effectiveness of primary health care and ensure that people receive the right care in the right place at the right time. To do this, we work closely with general practice, Aboriginal health services, other health care providers and the Community. The alliance immediately asked Sodexo to negotiate an enterprise agreement with the alliance`s unions to cover their offshore activities.
When Sodexo rejected this request, the Alliance filed an application with the Commission to show that the majority of sodexo workers wanted to start negotiations. Shortly after the Alliance filed this request, Sodexo agreed to begin negotiations with the Alliance. Under the enterprise agreement, most of the 85 employees at Sodexo`s remote sites who provide catering and cleaning services for offshore facilities off the coast of Vic and AV will receive 15K per year, once the agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commission. You will also receive a payment signal of $550 per month, as the existing enterprise agreement expired in November 2017. This will provide an additional 20k to some members. Six months later, Sodexo again tried to approve a basic trade union enterprise agreement, with conditions still painfully low. The AWU was able to intervene again, this time with the support of the MUA.