EPMU members working in the plastics companies are currently voting on a settlement for the renewal of their industry agreement.
Over the two year term of the proposed agreement wages would grow by nearly 7.2%. The settlement also includes provisions to stop employers implementing the 90-day ‘fire at will' provisions, maintenance of union access and a requirement that employers not automatically pass on the deal to non-union employees.
Darrin Norris, a delegate on the EPMU negotiating team, is pretty happy with the settlement. "It was hard going but we convinced the employers that they needed to put up a fair increase this year. Our members are relieved to see good wage growth to ease the pressures at home they're facing from rising costs." His company, Palmerston North-based Iplex Pipelines, is an original party in the Plastics Industry Agreement.
EPMU members from the six companies who make up the original parties in the industry agreement will know by the end of this week if the new settlement has been ratified.
If the settlement is ratified the EPMU will launch a subsequent party campaign to bring other companies into the agreement, negotiating site variations where necessary. The term of the proposed new agreement runs through to September 2013.