Outcome of Curtis Island vote due today

VOTING has closed and by midday on Friday Curtis Island workers will know whether a majority has agreed to Bechtel's third workplace agreement.

Update: Workers vote in favour of third agreement offered by Bechtel

Some workers are complaining that Bechtel has docked their pay after last week's three-hour delays from the start of the protests, but Bechtel said it expected to deal with a number of claims individually and assess them on the circumstances.

Data that Bechtel provided to the Fair Work Commission estimated about 2000 employees were impacted by the industrial action on Thursday, August 7.

The impact related to them being absent, delayed or unproductive as a direct result of the industrial action and the cost of catching up on lost work.

Bechtel estimated that less than 10% of the 2000 were actively involved in protest action.

As of Wednesday Bechtel believed it was back to its normal workforce following actions from the Federal Court of Australia and the Fair Work Commission.

The CFMEU has previously said it has had up to 500 people protesting along the front-line.

If the agreement is voted up it is expected that work will go back to normal on Curtis Island.

If the agreement is voted down, industrial action is likely to grow with input from the other unions involved in negotiations.


  • First vote: May 2-5, 32% voted yes
  • Second vote: June 3-5, 46% voted yes
  • Third vote: Aug 12-14, needs a 50% + 1 to come into effect.

Topics:  bechtel cfmeu curtis island industrial action

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