Hastings Deering back to negotiating table over pay cuts

A new enterprise bargaining agreement which would have resulted in pay cuts of up to 25 per cent for Hastings Deering employees has been voted down.

Negotiations with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) will resume, although Hastings Deering managing director Dean Mehmet said the company was confident its proposal was the best possible solution to prevent the need for further job cuts.

Hastings Deering laid off 400 workers from Bowen Basin workshops last July, and 200 workers in June 2013, as well as 40 office staff and managers from Rockhampton and Mackay.

AMWU industry co-ordinator Brad Hansen said he felt the vote was premature, and that time spent at the ballot could have been better spent in negotiations.

Mehmet insisted the company had worked to provide “industry leading terms and conditions”, however the AMWU maintains that the conditions on offer are “substandard”.

“The fact is, our mining services operations have slowed significantly because of the resources sector downturn,” Mehmet said.

“Competition is fierce and we have had to respond accordingly.”

Australian Mining has contacted Hastings Deering and the AMWU for further comment.

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