Somewhat cool reception: Electrolux workers vote to accept new pay deal

GRIN AND BEAR IT: Electrolux workers have accepted a pay rise of 11 per cent.

GRIN AND BEAR IT: Electrolux workers have accepted a pay rise of 11 per cent.

ELECTROLUX workers voted to accept the company’s offer of an 11 per cent pay rise over three years, although not everyone was happy about the deal.

Australian Workers Union (AWU) western region organiser Alan Haynes says the majority of workers who voted to accept the offer after months of negotiation were happy to see the protracted talks come to an end.

“There were a number of disgruntled workers who were disappointed that Electrolux didn’t give them more,” he said.

Mr Haynes said while there was some “tweaking” of workers’ retention bonus agreements, he declined to go into more detail.

Electrolux plant manager Mark O’Kane said the company welcomed the resolution of the enterprise agreement to cover the period of the plant’s operation up to its closure in 2016.

“We now have a job to do continuing to build refrigerators and freezers under the Electrolux, Westinghouse and Kelvinator brands while we continue to work with our employees on their transition into other employment or retirement after the plant closes,” Mr O’Kane said.

Mr Haynes said workers at other Electrolux operations in Australia, including the distribution and service centres, were offered a 12 per cent pay rise over three years and he would have liked Orange workers to have received the same.

tracey.prisk@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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