AGL engaged MinterEllison to guide it through a lengthy and complex industrial dispute in relation to its Loy Yang A power station and coal mine in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria.
Negotiations commenced in July 2015 in the context of highly organised and entrenched union opposition and were concluded in June of 2017, with over 90% of employees voting in favour of the new enterprise agreement.
The product of two years of complex industrial negotiation and litigation, the new enterprise agreement provides the operational flexibilities needed to adapt to an increasingly evolving Australian electricity market.
MinterEllison enabled AGL to achieve a step change in the industrial arrangements at the power station and coal mine against highly organised and entrenched union opposition, and in a sensitive social and political environment.
Achieving this landmark industrial change has improved the productivity and longevity of the power station and mine in an increasingly competitive electricity market.
This has had benefits for the security of electricity supply in Victoria and neighbouring states in an ever-changing supply landscape.
The outcome is also expected to be positive for the employees, who have now overwhelmingly accepted a modern and flexible enterprise agreement which will serve to preserve employment opportunities at the Loy Yang site.