Union EBA delivers 10% pay rise and income protection for tree trimmers

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Around 40 workers at vegetation control company Asplundh in NSW received an immediate $1.50 per hour pay rise this month after negotiating a union EBA.

The four-year agreement expiring in 2023 will boost wages and allowances by 10%.

For the first time, ETU members at the company will be covered for injury or illness outside the workplace under Chifley Income Protection Insurance. Top-Up Workers Compensation cover is included under the Chifley policy.

Asplundh holds vegetation control contracts with electricity companies, Sydney Trains and Sydney Water.

ETU delegate John Smith said members are ‘pretty happy’ with the outcome.

‘The pay rises keep us ahead of inflation. We kept all our conditions. The Chifley insurance will be handy if anything happens outside of work.

‘Thanks to the ETU and organiser Stewart Edward for going into bat for us. Without the union, we would have got none of it.’

The ETU now has agreements with the three major vegetation control companies: Asplundh, Active Tree Services and Eastern Tree Services. All provide Chifley Income Protection and Top-Up Insurance.

PHOTO: ETU Asplundh members with delegate John Smith (right)

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