Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

$3000 Bonus for NRG Workers; Letter Reveals Monetary Incentives

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

$3000 Bonus for NRG Workers; Letter Reveals Monetary Incentives

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Byline: Tegan Annett tegan.annett@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE Power Station workers were offered a $3000 one-off hit to their purses if they accepted a now controversial deal.

In a letter signed by NRG acting general manager Nigel Warrington, which explained proposed changes to the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, the company offered two monetary incentives in a bid to gain approval by workers.

But the $3000 "one-off payment" and an additional incentive scheme that could deliver up to $4000 wasn't enough to twist the arms of their 300 workers.

In the letter, obtained by The Observer yesterday, Mr Warrington said the "aging" power station needed the new EBA to bring the company in line with the rest of the industry.

But the heavily unionised workforce rejected the proposal in a ballot vote, with almost 99% voting against the changes to the EBA.

"Our numbers and resources have reduced, our plant is aging, our industry has become more competitive, and we need to be able to respond to our operational, maintenance, and commercial challenges quickly," Mr Warrington wrote.

"We can no longer absorb the level of administration, committee processes, and dispute resolution time frames that leave matters in 'status quo' for months."

Unions have criticised the company's approach to negotiations and the draft EBA released, claiming it's the next step to "casualising" the workforce. …

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