Air traffic controllers collective agreement ballot successful

04-05-2009 -

Airservices Australia has welcomed a 95% positive vote by air traffic controllers and associated staff for a new three and a half year collective employment agreement.

When the ballot closed late yesterday and results were collated, 895 had voted ‘yes’ (95%) and 47 (5%) voted ‘no’. 

Staff participation was also high with 83% of eligible staff registering their vote in one of the highest votes in recent times.

Airservices Chief Executive Officer, Greg Russell, said the Airservices Board and management thanked the Airservices and Civil Air Union negotiation teams, the ACTU and in particular President, Sharan Burrow, and staff covered by the agreement for their participation during what had been a difficult negotiation process.

The agreement includes pay rises of 4.3% per annum over 3.5 years with changes to sick leave and rostering arrangements, providing the foundations for improved productivity.

This is a successful outcome delivering good salary and condition improvements, productivity benefits which cement the foundations for ongoing business reform. It also ensures the continued safety and efficiency of the aviation industry.

The new agreement will now receive final clearance from the Australian Workplace Authority and is expected to come into operation before the end of the month.

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