Teys clashes with union over enterprise dispute

ONE of Rockhampton's biggest employers, Teys Australia, has finally seen the end of a long-running court battle - but not the end of its industrial relations battle.

Last Friday the Federal Court sided with the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union in a dispute over an enterprise agreement which Teys put to workers at its Beenleigh plant back in 2013.

Teys said the agreement would give those workers higher wages and annual bonuses, but the AMIEU said the 2010 agreement left a large number of workers worse off.

Back in 2013 the jobs of the plant's 800 workers hung in the balance as Teys considered closing the plant after eight months of negotiations, following four years of low returns.

Now Teys' general manager corporate affairs Tom Maguire said the union and Fair Work Australia had failed their employees.

He said last year about 500 employees received average bonuses of $4500 which would now be lost, and the current hourly rate would also decrease.

But acting branch secretary AMIEU Queensland Matt Journeaux said a large number of skilled workers were doing 20% more work for no more pay, leaving some out of pocket $12,000.

He also said Teys was trying to "sugar coat" it with a profit-share scheme, which was entirely at the employer's discretion.

"Teys need to... get on with negotiating a fair agreement," he said.



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