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Port of Melbourne Corporation

6 October 2011

AMOU DOES NOT SUPPORT PROPOSED PORT OF MELBOURNE CORPORATION AGREEMENT

The proposed Port of Melbourne Corporation Enterprise Agreement 2011 is not supported by The Australian Maritime Officers Union and it does not represent "the combined wishes and input of PoMC employees across the business".

The proposed agreement will severely disadvantage the members employed as Senior Vessel Traffic Service Officer and Vessel Traffic Service Officer [S/VTSO] at the Vessel Traffic Service Centres in Port Melbourne and Point Lonsdale.

The AMOU, negotiated a 4.25 % per annum wage increase. The POMC has unilaterally imposed "an annual salary increase of 3.8% per year and additional salary incentive of 0.45% per year linked to business targets".

The POMC argue that they have delivered on a "range of work/life balance and staff benefits including flexitime and extended break provisions", this is a non-sense; they have basically incorporated what was existing policy into the Agreement.

The POMC argue that that they have delivered on "new operational efficiencies" these so called efficiencies DO NOT BENEFIT STAFF, THEY BENEFIT THE POMC. Previously members enjoyed the following entitlements:

  • 40 days annual leave balances before being forced to take leave; now it is reduced to 35 days.
  • Long Service Leave was payable after 4 years of service; now employees must be employed for more than 7 years.
  • The S/VTSO Officers currently work a roster that commenced on the 1 January 2005 in accordance with the 2004 Agreement. The roster is scheduled to expire on the 16 February 2013. This roster enabled the SVTSO to have 7 cycles of 424 days, providing 14 leave periods of 27 days and the VTSO of 11 periods of 24 days and 1 period of 28 days. Under the proposal, none of the S/VTSO know when they will they will be on duty or leave in 2012 let alone 2013. There is no work life balance for these employees.

 

  • Furthermore, the  custom and practice for many years and agreed with by the previous Harbour Master, was the S/VTSO worked an additional 15 to 30 minutes each shift to ensure that a proper handover  took place between each shift. In addition to meeting the operational requirements, it also ensured that the S/VTSO worked a 35 hour week. Now the POMC has claimed that the S/VTSO, work only 12 hours and therefore owe 56 hours per year.
  • The introduction of a 38 hour week for new VTSO staff will mean that a VTSO will not owe 56 hours, but an additional 141 hours or near on 16.5 days - how are they going to achieve any work life balance.

The AMOU  has successfully made an application to take protected industrial action.

Senior Vessel Traffic Service Officer and Vessel Traffic Service Officer intend to take the following industrial action from Tuesday 11 October 2011:

Stoppages to take place at the following times and location:

  • 0600 and 1800 hours at Port of Melbourne VTS centre on Tuesday 11 October 2011,
  • 0600 and 1800 hours at Port of Melbourne VTS centre on Wednesday 12 October 2011
  • 0600 and 1800 hours at Port of Melbourne VTS centre on Thursday 13 October 2011
  • 0600 and 1800 hours at Port of Melbourne VTS centre on Friday14 October 2011

**  no communication to and from the Port of Melbourne Corporation  when off site.

**  no acceptance or trailing of any new operational matters.

**  no attendance of any meeting as directed by the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

**  no information will be entered into the "port view" system inside the two hour ship movement timeframe.

**  no information will be entered into the "port view" system.

The AMOU is appalled that the POMC has seen fit to make unilateral changes to our members working arrangement without any regard for the existing working arrangements or the impact that these changes will have on the work life balance of our members.

If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Jan Thompson on 0417 050 816