Wage woes could see 800 Teys jobs axed

With negotiations ceased over a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, meat processor Teys Australia fears it may have to close one of its plants, putting 800 jobs at risk.

According to beefcentral, the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union and employee representatives have refused to allow a new wages and bonus offer to be put to a secret ballot of its members.

Negotiations over a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement at Teys' Beenleigh plant, which employs 800 people, have now ceased and the company will now "explore its options."

Teys general manager corporate affairs, Tom Maguire, said the company had been flexible in its negotiations with the Fair Work Commission and its staff.

"Our staff told us they were uncomfortable with performance bonuses, so we removed this from the offer and replaced it with a three percent wage increase. We even offered all employees a cash bonus to make up for lost time due to the recent industrial action," he said.

Maguire said all areas of manufacturing need to adjust how they operate to remain competitive, adding that the Beenleigh plant has been operating on a one percent return on its asset base over recent years, and if circumstances don't change soon, the plant may face closure.

“We need a workplace culture where the company and workers share the same goals and vision. Job security is a result of a profitable company," he said.


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