Members at Allwater walk off the job

Members at Allwater walk off the job

Today over 100 United Voice members from Allwater walked off the job after enterprise bargaining negotiations stalled.

Today over 100 United Voice members from Allwater walked off the job after enterprise bargaining negotiations stalled.

The workers taking protected action include construction, maintenance, and recycled water workers. They ensure Adelaide has continuous fresh water, manage waste water and look after the content of our reservoirs and wastewater treatment facilities.

At Allwater, members can work for up to 16 hours a day, and the work can be very physically demanding. They work extensive hours well above their rostered shifts in hazardous and unsanitary conditions to maintain a safe water service to the public in South Australia.

In enterprise bargaining negotiations, members are seeking to maintain all existing conditions and entitlements, as well as a fair wage increase.

Allwater has instead proposed to cut into existing conditions, including reducing workers’ annual leave and removing their Rostered Days Off. The new shift arrangements they are proposing would mean that workers would be rostered on for 12 days straight with no days off.

These Paid Days Off and annual leave days are crucial to workers at Allwater, who need time to manage fatigue and adequately recover from working extremely long hours in difficult conditions.

Last week members determined to take protected industrial action, including today’s 24-hour strike. Two days later, Allwater reduced their offer of an annual wage increase from 2% to 1.5%.

United Voice Branch Secretary David Di Troia said, “United Voice members employed at Allwater entered into these negotiations in good faith. They have been willing to compromise and reach agreement. Instead, Allwater has rejected all of members’ key claims and are seeking to remove their long-standing entitlements.

“Members at Allwater have families and bills to pay, and they deserve fair pay and safe work. Members will be striking today to show Allwater that they are serious about getting a fair deal.”

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