The Fair Work Commission can also help employers and workers who are embarking on the “New Approaches” program. Learn more about the new approaches on the Fair Labour Commission website. Negotiations began in January 2017 and an agreement in principle was reached in early April. The ETU went to ActewAGL with a strong “minimal change” position, but with a fair wage result, ultimately agreed by the employer. “There are two Icon Water shareholders, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister. Shareholders can dictate what this company does and it is up to shareholders to act in Canberrans` best interests and make this agreement public,” said Mr Coe. The 2014 agreement (won by ETU members and supported by Neville Betts) was already a cracker with 15% super, layoffs up to a potential salary of 96 weeks and a number of other worker-friendly provisions. The union noted, however, that ActewAGL had a “seat at the table” with all Icon Water enterprise negotiations, because it supported the labour and icon relations. However, opposition leader Alistair Coe said that the contracts were part of the cost base presented by Icon to the ICRC price review, and that was the reason why “water prices could be even cheaper… they would not have passed on to consumers a share of nearly $30 million in their cost base as a result of these two agreements. The agreement is a three-year agreement that allows for an inflation of 3% wage growth per year, which means that ETU members will be almost 10% better over the life of the agreement. The treaty will be presented before the current agreement expires on 1 July 2017, replacing the existing EBA. She is due to be deed on Friday 4 May and there is no doubt that she will follow the trial. Registered contracts apply until they are terminated or replaced.
A spokeswoman for Icon Water said that while the company is owned by the ACT government, its mission is to work “as efficiently as any comparable company,” which sometimes needs to be restructured. It said that the restructuring took place in accordance with the rules of the enterprise contract. Changes to the previous agreement agreed by the ETU and the company updated and corrected the agreement, including the standard consultation clause that was added by the Fair Work Commission in 2014.