Maintaining labour relations
In Australia we engage in collective bargaining with approximately 1000 employees via certified Enterprise Bargaining Agreements. These agreements include both notice period and provisions for consultation and negotiation.
EnergyAustralia achieved agreement at Yallourn and at the Geelong Contact Centre for the renewal of both Enterprise Bargaining Agreements in 2017. The agreement at Yallourn provides EA with the capability to put in place the early retirement scheme approved by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). EA has had 75 applications for the scheme and the turnover that will result will provide increased employment opportunities in the Latrobe Valley at the same time as providing an opportunity to improve the demographic profile of the workforce.
In 2017, we did not identify any operations in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated or at significant risk.