The union`s agreement would take three years, with 5 per cent pay increases per year, about three times more than minimum wage workers received this year in the midst of the coronavirus recession. Construction workers in Victoria already have every other Monday – they earn by working longer than usual – under the CFMMEU agreements. The union argues that the cost problems associated with its agreement are excessive. Seidler said that if the RDO schedule threatened a construction program, « they will simply choose non-union contractors, » saying that « many » subcontractors are now trying to get out of their agreements. NSW CFMEU Secretary Darren Greenfield, who had previously warned workers not to « refuse a non-union agreement that sells our wages and conditions, » said the results showed that a majority of workers had refused poor-quality agreements. « Failure to comply with your obligations under the Enterprise Agreement is a violation of your enterprise agreement, which is subject to criminal prosecution and is subject to the australian Building and Construction Commission notification under the Commonwealth Building Code, » he said. Last year, CFMEU included more than 200 subcontractors in its agreement – most of them before the pandemic – including wage increases of 5% per year and a fixed RDO schedule, preferred by John Setka in Victoria. He refused to name the group of contractors in the final stages of enterprise agreement negotiations with their employees and raised the risk of union pressure. The FDC and Second-class Lipman were part of a group of five contractors who, despite decades of CFMEU agreements, directly submitted non-unionized enterprise agreements to the vote of staff. The union`s wage demand for construction, forestry, shipping, mining and energy is likely to increase the cost of projects ranging from hospitals to office towers, but for the first time in years, the state`s biggest contractors largely agree on their opposition to the proposed agreement. « This week we will bring the first of a series of contractors to the second phase of their negotiations, during which they will have for the first time non-union agreements, big contracts, » he said. Last month, employees of contractor Richard Crookes Constructions, at the insistence of the CFMMEU, narrowly rejected the company`s proposed enterprise contract.
« For the first time, the owners said no, we cannot intercept these types of agreements because the union`s claims are so revolting. » The union agreement would take three years, with pay increases of 5 per cent per year. Credit: Kate Geraghty « I call on the union to take a realistic and reasonable approach to enterprise bargaining negotiations. » The CFMEU has informed more than 200 subcontractors who have signed its agreement that it will begin implementing its new RDO schedule from 1 December, whether the owners have agreed or when the subcontractors` commercial contracts require them to work. A majority of Workers in Lipman, which makes major regional projects, voted in favour of the employer`s agreement and sources said a reasonable majority was reached at fDC, where the outcome had been more uncertain. This is an exceptional move for the CFMEU-dominated industry and follows the employers` unprecedented opposition to the union`s controversial new agreement last year. However, the owners criticized the fact that the conditions for economic recovery from the pandemic are not sustainable and a dozen of them have established agreements that maintain the existing RDO schedule in the previous CFMEU agreement with lower wage increases, although the quantum per builder varied. Last month, entrepreneur Richard Crookes tried to put his own union-free deal to a vote, but 57 percent of employees voted against it. The notice marks an escalation of the CFMEU`s negotiating strategy, which uses subcontractors to pressure the owners to sign their new enterprise agreement. « If subcontractors have