Gary O`Halloran, union secretary for plumbers in Queensland, said: „A rushed and opaque tendering and approval process has led to a shabby project agreement, well below comparable industry standards.” Commissioner Leigh Johns found that a parallel process did not undermine the companies` negotiations and there was no evidence that CPB was ambiguous. The $US 5.4 billion Cross River Rail project unlocked this bottleneck by providing a second crossing of the river, allowing more trains to run more often. The company said that, given cfmeu`s history, it had „not ruled out the possibility that approval of the agreements could lead to an illegal industrial dispute.” The agreement excluded mechanical and electrical works and doubled the basic rates for tunnel construction and civil engineering works, for which EI is in the majority. The Electrical Trades Union called the deal a „dirty deal” and asked the Palaszczuk government to allow negotiations for an agreement covering all local unions. If your application has been submitted in advance, you can check the status of your agreement by sending an email to the Commission`s contract team under agreementsprogressenquiry@fwc.gov.au. Please indicate your name, matter number and the name of the agreement. A team member should contact them within 2 business days. The list of applications includes the case number, the name of the applicant, the title of the agreement, the sector, the date of filing of the application, the approval or amendment of an agreement and the status of the application. The Greenfields agreement calls for workers to pay $220,000 a year for the project for a 56-hour week, with annual wage increases of 3.5 percent.

The current rail network is already approaching capacity and is limited by a single river crossing and only 4 urban stations, creating the bottleneck that limits the ability to operate more trains. The CFMEU argued that it was not in the public interest to approve the agreement due to the increased potential for „industrial unrest”. AAP CPB`s lawyer, Garry Hatcher, SC, responded that there was nothing wrong with an employer having a „very respectable agreement on one piece of absolutely critical infrastructure” with one union on the others. The CFMEU and other unions intervened to ask the Commission to reject the agreement on the grounds that its authorisation would „increase the potential for industrial dispute”. This page contains a list of applications for approval or amendment of a company agreement currently being examined by the Fair Work Commission. For current requests, the agreement or modification can be consulted via the following links. These edited documents are usually published within 3 working days of publication. . . .