North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) is one of the largest port authorities in Australia that operates six ports. Recently, the company and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) reached a new enterprise agreement that will benefit both parties.
The agreement, which was signed on July 1st, 2021, will cover over 500 NQBP and contractor employees across the ports of Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point, Weipa, and Cairns. The new enterprise agreement will be effective for the next four years, and it encompasses better pay rates, enhanced job security provisions, and improved working conditions.
The new agreement provides for better wages for the workers, including a 4% pay increase per annum, backdated from July 2020. It also includes a 3.5% pay increase in July 2021, a further 3.5% increase in July 2022, and a final 3.5% increase in July 2023. Additionally, the agreement provides for the inclusion of 5% superannuation, which is an increase from the previous 3%.
Furthermore, the new agreement includes provisions for job security for the workers. It guarantees that there will be no forced redundancies during the agreement`s duration, and the company agrees to offer voluntary redundancies should circumstances require them. Additionally, the agreement offers enhanced job security for employees by providing for long-term, secure employment opportunities.
The new enterprise agreement will also allow for better working conditions for the employees. It includes provisions for various kinds of leave, including personal leave, compassionate leave, and parental leave, among others. The agreement also provides for improved fatigue management by restricting the number of consecutive night shifts and increasing the minimum rest periods between shifts.
In conclusion, the new enterprise agreement between NQBP and MUA is a significant development for the company and its employees. The agreement provides for better wages, improved job security, and enhanced working conditions for the workers. The agreement`s implementation will undoubtedly improve the relationship between both parties and lead to more efficiencies in port operations.