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Loy Yang power plant workers told to reject pay rise


Source: Herald Sun, 14 Sep 2016

The militant construction and energy union has told workers at Victoria’s biggest power plant to reject a pay rise totalling 20 per cent over four years.

More than 500 workers at the Loy Yang power plant in the La Trobe Valley will start voting on Thursday in a secret ballot on whether to accept a compromise agreement proposed by the workplace umpire.

The intervention by the Fair Work Commission comes as the dispute between the plant’s owner AGL and the CFMEU has dragged on for more than a year.

AGL has accepted Fair Work Commissioner Julius Roe’s proposal, which includes a 5 per cent annual pay rise and no changes to superannuation and long service leave entitlements.

But CFMEU mining and energy division secretary Geoff Dyke has told members to reject the proposal.

Loy Yang’s general manager Steve Rieniets said the company was encouraging workers to vote for the proposal.

“Only a ‘yes’ vote can bring certainty to AGL Loy Yang’s future at a time of significant change in our industry,” he said.

“A ‘no’ vote would mean negotiations would have to go back to the drawing board and AGL would have no choice but continue to pursue its application to have the current enterprise agreement terminated.

“It would also raise the spectre of industrial action by union members.”

The CFMEU is currently seeking approval for more industrial action at the plant.

The secret ballot opens at midday today and closes on Wednesday, September 21.

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