Electrical Contracting Award temporary variation discussions

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) is no longer proceeding with a proposal to temporarily vary the Electrical Contracting Award, to support employers and employees through the COVID-19 pandemic.

NECA would like to confirm that:

  • NECA has been in discussions with the ETU since April 2020 and the proposed temporary variation NECA was seeking is set to expire on 30 June 2020.
  • The measures proposed by NECA were solely to preserve employee safety and employment, and to provide greater flexibility to meet Government social distancing requirements.
  • Unfortunately, protracted discussions with the ETU have meant that any variation to the Award made now would be of marginal benefit to employers or employees.
  • NECA has sought to co-operate with the ETU to find common ground to assist employers and their employees move forward through this difficult period.
  • NECA is disappointed that a consent position with the ETU was not achievable.
  • It should be noted that other Awards in Australia have now been varied through co-operation between the Employer and Unions parties.
  • NECA will continue to engage with the Government and unions as part of the government’s wages Accord 2.0 initiative.