The changes are expected to have a profound impact on the productivity and longevity of the Loy Yang A power station and associated coal mine in an increasingly competitive electricity market, which will be to the benefit of both AGL and its workforce.
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.
Together with AGL’s team, MinterEllison developed and implemented a strategy and:
Industrial disputes involving key essential services have unique challenges including the potential for industrial action which can have significant consequences for the employer and also the public and the prospect of intense political and media scrutiny. The challenges in the context of these negotiations were amplified by concerns about the security of supply in the National Electricity Market, the existence of historical inflexibilities at the site and entrenched union opposition to change.
Achieving this landmark industrial change has improved the productivity and longevity of the Loy Yang A power station and associated coal 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. It is also expected to be positive for the employees, who have now overwhelmingly accepted a modern and flexible enterprise agreement which will serve to increase productivity and preserve employment opportunities at the Loy Yang complex.