LNG workers back new Chevron EBA deal

Aerial image of Chevron's Wheatstone LNG plant (workers)
Chevron's Wheatstone LNG plant

LNG workers and Offshore Alliance members have voted to endorse three Enterprise Bargaining Agreements at Chevron’s two liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Australia.

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Earlier this month, the union called off strikes originally planned at Chevron’s Gorgon and Wheatstone projects in Western Australia, which supply approximately 6% of the world’s LNG.

The breakthrough followed days of talks mediated by Australia’s industrial arbitrator, the Fair Work Commission, to try and revive an in-principle deal reached in September that ended weeks of strikes.

The agreements deliver members secure jobs, fixed rosters, career progression and significant improvements in pay and conditions of employment.

The Offshore Alliance is an alliance between The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

Offshore Alliance spokesperson AWU WA Secretary Brad Gandy said, “Chevron employees now have union representation, arbitration of disputes in the Fair Work Commission, improved overcycle provisions and significantly enhanced training provisions, including additional payment, allowances and the right to refuse additional work.

“Our members dared to stand together against a giant multinational that tried all the tactics it could think of. A big thank you must go to the employee representatives and workplace leaders amongst them who put a lot of their own time into this and were integral to the result.

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“Offshore Alliance members at Chevron now have an industry standard EBA in their workplace.”

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