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new EBA finalised with australian workers’ union

In December, Alcoa of Australia and the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) secured a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) for over 1200 Western Australian employees.
The ‘Combined Sites’ Agreement covers employees at our Kwinana and Wagerup alumina refineries, Huntly and Willowdale bauxite mines, Marrinup Nursery and Bunbury Port.

The EBA was passed by a majority of members at a mass meeting two days before Christmas.

Alcoa’s General Manager Western Australian Operations, Simon Butterworth, said the three year deal provides good income growth and conditions for employees, while ensuring the Company has the flexibility to respond to changing market conditions and business needs.

“The package includes increases in a range of allowances and benefits, plus an annual 4% increase on base salary, shift premiums and allowances,” Mr Butterworth said.

“This is steady, predictable, and guaranteed income growth in keeping with industry norms and will allow people to continue planning their financial futures with a degree of certainty.

“In return, the Company will have greater flexibility to manage its business in the most efficient and productive way through improved consultation and change processes and a streamlined dispute resolution procedure.”

Mr Butterworth said although it was a lengthy negotiation process, the new EBA represents a good outcome for both parties.

“Critically this EBA will help ensure the ongoing global competitiveness and sustainability of Alcoa’s operations in WA.”

The Combined Sites deal followed agreement on a new EBA by WA employees represented by the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union.

Positive progress continues to be made towards a new Pinjarra AWU Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, and Alcoa is hopeful a resolution is near.

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