|Issue No 50||14 April 2000|
Water workers flood CBD head office
By Noel Hester
Angry union members from Sydney Water, Australian Water Technologies and the Sydney Catchment Authority occupied the foyer and ground floor of the Corporation's CBD Headquarters on Wednesday.
About 2000 workers marched from Town Hall to Sydney Water's Head Office to let management know the depth of feelings over their stalled enterprise agreement.
They had just voted on a 24-hour stoppage to try and break the impasse in talks that management have spun out since October 1998 when the last agreement expired.
John Tierney, Assistant Secretary of the Australian Services Union, said employees have had enough of talking and have vowed to continue industrial action if there is no breakthrough in the next two weeks..
'These employees haven't had a pay increase for over 12 months. Sydney Water management have offered a 7% pay rise in a two year agreement. With the year since the expiry of the last agreement effectively it is a 7% increase over three years. This is half what other workers in the public sector have received,' he said.
Workloads and productivity have also drastically increased with large redundancies at the Corporation. Late last year Sydney Water offered voluntary redundancy to its entire workforce. It was taken up by over 400 employees.
'The overwhelming feeling at the meeting was the Sydney Water and Australian Water Technologies offer was far short of what was needed and what every employee deserved,' John Tierney said.
'Members have set a 12% wage increase in a two year agreement as the bottom line.'
'Sydney Water's employees have been incredibly patient. Finally they have decided industrial action is the only alternative left to them by management to break the impasse.'
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