Patrick looks to efficiencies from MUA wage deal


A relieved Asciano appears to have finally stitched up the long-awaited enterprise bargaining agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) for its Patrick container terminals and expects significant productivity increases to flow from it. <br /><br /> Some residual doubt remains, given Asciano had thought a deal had been agreed in August, and Patrick’s bulk and general stevedoring businesses are not affected. “The agreement provides our employees with fair and competitive conditions of employment including a renewed commitment to training and development,” Asciano CEO and Managing Director John Mullen says.

By Rob McKay | November 10, 2011

A relieved Asciano appears to have finally stitched up the long-awaited enterprise bargaining agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) for its Patrick container terminals and expects significant productivity increases to flow from it.

Some residual doubt remains, given Asciano had thought a deal had been agreed in August, and Patrick’s bulk and general stevedoring businesses are not affected.

"The agreement provides our employees with fair and competitive conditions of employment including a renewed commitment to training and development," Asciano CEO and Managing Director John Mullen says.

"For our customers and the importers and exporters of Australia, this five year agreement signals certainty on productivity and efficiency measures throughout the term of the agreement that will ensure productivity on Australian wharves lifts towards global rates enabling us to maintain a high standard of customer service."

Under the latest deal, unofficial container movement caps have been lifted, according to a close to the negotiations.

With this and a move to continuous operations and staggered rosters, container movements have risen from 160 a day to more than 200 and reportedly have neared300, the source says, adding that new cranes were destined soon for Port Botany.

The agreement provides for a 22.5 per cent wage increase over five years to July 2015, or an average of 4.4 per cent per year.

Employees will receive a 3 per cent wage increase in the first year, rising progressively to 5 per cent over the life of the agreement.

"These increases, together with a one-off cash back payment, will be significantly offset by commitments to improved productivity at each of the four Patrick container terminals," the company says.

"There is a further at risk incentive of 0.75% available that is subject to the achievement of specific business and customer KPIs.

"If achieved, these payments will be made to employees as superannuation.

"The parties are now in the final stages of drafting the agreed terms and will seek approval of the enterprise agreement in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009."

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