|Issue No 107||17 August 2001|
Flying High: Airport Guards Scoop Cash
By Andrew Casey
One of the lowest paid group of workers at Melbourne Airport have won a first enterprise agreement, giving them pay increases of between 18-20 per cent over the next three years.
Security guards employed by Group 4 Securitas at the Ansett terminal have finally won an agreement, after a six month long campaign by LHMU Security Union members.
" This is a victory for security union members who were prepared to stick by an extended, intensive campaign for better wages and conditions to match the responsibility of their jobs," Terry Breheny, LHMU Security Union Victorian Assistant Secretary, said today.
" The airport security decision has now set an important precedent for LHMU Security Union members.
" The Security Union will make a similar claim for Chubb security workers employed at the other Melbourne airport terminals which service Qantas and Virgin airlines."
Importantly the union members have won acceptance of their paid leave breaks in a decision handed down by Senior Deputy President Lacey of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
" It shows that security guards don't have to accept inferior conditions and inferior pay. If they support each other, work as a union, they can achieve a lot," Terry Breheny said.
The LHMU Security Union has in recent months organised and won the support of nearly 100 per cent of the 140-plus security workers at Melbourne Airport.
Before the LHMU Security Union organising campaign membership had floated at just over 50 per cent at the airport.
These guards are employed by either Group 4 Securitas or Chubb Security, providing screening and security for Ansett, Qantas and other domestic and international carriers at the airport.
The Chubb security guard dispute at the Qantas terminal is due to go before the Industrial Relations Commission again on August 21.
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