News

Hastings to go back to the bargaining table

IT LOOKS like Hastings Deering and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union will be heading back to the table to negotiate details of an enterprise bargaining agreement.

Workers across Queensland voted down a deal that would see their wages and conditions slashed.

An AMWU spokesperson told The Bulletin workers had considered the Hastings deal not suitable.

In Central Queensland, including Mackay, there are close to 1000 jobs; the AMWU spokesperson said wage cuts would have affected between 400-500 of those jobs.

"We will be putting out our offer which would be to change nothing and to keep things as they are," the AMWU spokesperson said.

But Hastings Deering's managing director Dean Mehmet said the company remained confident its EBA was the best possible solution for minimising the need for further job cuts.

He said the AMWU continued to muddy the waters with claims wages would be cut by 25%.

Mr Mehmet said there was always back and forth with EBA negotiations, but the company had worked considerably to provide industry-leading terms and conditions.

"There is not a one-size-fits-all figure as the union claims. The fact is, our mining services operations have slowed significantly because of the resources sector downturn," Mr Mehmet said.

"Competition is fierce and we have had to respond accordingly."

Mr Mehmet said Hastings Deering's EBA acknowledged the need to remain competitive and sustainable to continue to retain experienced employees during a challenging economy.

"Many of our customers have asked us to re-tender for contracts and with more aggressive competition in the marketplace than ever before, a competitive operation is the only way to safeguard jobs." Hastings Deering has yet to reveal how workers voted.

Topics:  australian manufacturing workers union hastings deering



10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

IF YOU are in need of a few trendy new Instagram snaps, then get your phone and selfie-stick ready and head to Brisbane.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Ambulance officers check 5 people after 2-vehicle collision

Emergency Services.

Authorities called to Adelaide Park crash

RGS scores thrilling win at home

ATTACKING RAID: RGS player Caleb Kennedy looks to get a pass away before he is wrapped up by the Ignatius Park defence in the open rugby match on Saturday.

Last-minute try decides result in rugby union clash

Rocky court wrap: 4 drug dealers, 3 child porn perverts in 1 week

Generic Rockhampton Court.

Big week for justice in Rockhampton courts

Local Partners

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

WHEN acting royalty comes to town to direct the theatre performance of the year, you sit up and take notice.

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

Dev Patel in a scene from the movie Lion.

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films most likely to win at Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!