Union agreement details pay rise conditions for Holden workers

Workers at Australian automotive manufacturing giant, Holden, can now gain access to the details of a new ‘collective agreement’ that will see their wages rise by up to 22.2% over the next three years.

[Image, right: AMWU members at the return of the second shift last year. Image sourced from AMWU.]

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) won the battle for increased wages on the workers’ behalf in February.

The details of the proposed agreement have now been released, and are available for South Australia’s Holden workers to view through their internal employee intranet, ‘Socrates’.

The AMWU lobbied for higher wages for the workers, who reportedly took 40% pay-cuts during the worst of the GFC.

Holden, the workers and the AMWU together reached an agreement to hike wages between 18.3% and 22.2% over the next three years.

The package includes a 3% fixed wage rise per year, along with bonus payments of $1,750 and $1,000 “in recognition of the loyalty shown by the workforce who worked half shifts in order to prevent job losses during the 2009-2010 downturn,” the AMWU announced in February. 

According to AMWU national secretary, Dave Oliver, recent government grants provided to Holden will not be used to fund wages.

Holden workers: if you cannot access the agreement through the Holden intranet, please contact the AMWU helpdesk on 1300 732 698.