The negotiations by the Construction Forestry Mining Energy
Union (CFMEU) with construction companies and the
Master Builders Association of Victoria for a 2008-2011 Victorian
Construction Agreement template have been concluded.
Bargaining this round has been simplified by the CFMEU seeking a
replica of the same terms as the 2005-2008 post-WorkChoices
Annual % increases
Changed regulations about working on Rostered-Days Off,
Employers and the Master Builders Association of Victoria
(MBAV) have been disappointed that the new
template does not provide any productivity offsets and retains the
same "industry timetable" including the same number of
site-wide rostered days-off, and effectively can be used by the
CFMEU for industry-wide bargaining without negotiation for
The "cottage/housing industry" carve-out is retained.
That is, the Victorian Construction Agreement template applies to
"building and construction work" as defined by the
National Building and Construction Industry Award 2000 (the
Award). Deacons can provide a copy of the proposed
Victorian Construction Agreement template on request.
In the 2005/2006 bargaining round, a Victorian Civil
Construction Agreement was prepared in near identical terms by the
CFMEU and entered by a number of civil construction employers.
The Construction Agreement can be entered now by construction
industry employers - either (for employers who entered a
pre-WorkChoices certified agreement) by lodging a
"rollover" agreement in the AIRC, or by making a new
collective agreement and lodging with the Workplace Authority. Note
that there are significant implications for a builder proposing to
enter the Victorian Construction Agreement with the CFMEU. There
are a range of agreement provisions that are likely to have an
impact - for example:
site allowances - that is, a detailed procedure for the
calculation of a site allowance for "construction work within
the commercial/industrial sector of the building industry in the
State of Victoria" where the value of the project exceeds
$2.3M. The designated site allowance figure varies from $1.90 per
hour to $3.55 per hour depending on the value of the project
compulsory employer contributions to the Incolink fund (for
those employers not already contributing to Incolink);
payment of a training levy – i.e. an additional
amount paid by employers into Incolink (per employee) each
payments of income protection and trauma insurance (paid by the
employer to Incolink)
an hours of work provision that provides for a 36 hour week
– and allows for a nine day fortnight as the tenth day in
each fortnightly cycle as an RDO
various penalties for shift-work (double time) and weekend
employer to supply safety equipment and designated clothing,
payment of a multi-storey allowance.
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