New deal for Alcoa crew

THE approval of an enterprise bargaining agreement for Alcoa workers at the Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup refineries and Huntley and Willowdale bauxite mines in Western Australia has been welcomed by Alcoa vice-president of operations in Australia Michael Gollschewski, who said the company was looking forward to “moving past the distractions of the past”.
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Alcoa workers took to the streets to voice their concerns, but the new EBA should placate them

Work was disrupted last year at Alcoa's sites in WA when about 1500 workers went on strike for 53 days after negotiations over the EBA stalled.

At the time the proposed EBA was slammed by the Australian Workers Union for a perceived lack of provisions for job security, with the union angry that Alcoa went to the Fair Work Commission to ask for approval to rip up the existing agreement.

Alcoa refuted that claim, saying the generous EBA would provide income growth on top of workers' already very competitive pay and conditions.

Alcoa then tried to quash the EBA but the FWC ordered it remain.

With voting on the EBA closing on November 13, Alcoa announced the ballot was successful, with a majority of workers voting to move onto the new agreement.

Gollschewski said Alcoa looked forward to moving past the distractions of the past and working with its employees to rebuild a strong and more united team.

He said he was committed to working with everyone across all locations to ensure everyone was working towards the same end point - safe and sustainable operations.

The EBA still has to receive FWC ratification.