March 16, 2020
Our Union has successfully appealed a decision to approve an enterprise agreement voted on by just two train drivers working for a company supplying drivers to Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore mine.
To help secure the Roy Hill contract, labour supply company Railtrain set up a subsidiary, Karijini Rail, employing two drivers and ‘negotiating’ a new enterprise agreement with worse pay and conditions than the rest of the drivers were getting. Those employees were on probation and still in training when they were asked to vote on an enterprise agreement. Nobody showed them the terms of the Award or what they’d miss out on. A few months later, the rest of the workforce was transferred to Karijini Rail.
While the Karijini EA was initially approved despite the Union’s challenge, our appeal to the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission was successful.
Our legal team works hard to challenge dodgy agreements in the labour hire industry, which rip off workers and drive down standards.