• Monadelphous workers suffer low morale, AWU-MUA alliance survey shows
Monadelphous workers suffer low morale, AWU-MUA alliance survey shows
30 May, 2019, No Comment

Summary: Two unions have claimed a survey they conducted shows widespread dissatisfaction among employees of engineering company Monadelphous Group, particularly among offshore workers.....

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The Offshore Alliance formed by the Australian Workers Union and Maritime Union of Australia released a report today about the Perth-based contractor, against a backdrop of workplace agreement talks.

It says current and former employees of Monadelphous who took part in the survey reported “devastatingly” low morale, low confidence in management and a desire to quit if another job became available.

The alliance said the responses suggested those issues stemmed from the company offering below-industry wages and conditions and little certainty of employment.

Monadelphous is in negotiations with employees and unions for a new enterprise bargaining agreement when the current one expires next month.

Its offshore clients include Woodside Petroleum, Chevron, Shell and Inpex. It also does construction and maintenance work for the big iron ore miners.

The alliance said there were 404 responses to anonymous online survey from both current and former Monadelphous workers, both offshore and onshore.

Ninety-eight per cent of offshore workers and 67 per cent of onshore workers disagreed that Monadelphous has a good reputation among workers.

Eighty-six per cent offshore and 67 per cent onshore said they would resign to join another employer if they could.

“We knew anecdotally that morale among Monadelphous workers was low, but these results are staggering,” Offshore Alliance spokesman Daniel Walton said.

“When you have 86 per cent of workers ready to leave at the first opportunity and you’re staring down the barrel of a tightening labour market — that’s a massive red flag.

A Monadelphous spokeswoman said the survey referenced was compiled and conducted by the unions without any input or consultation with Monadelphous.

“As always, the safety and wellbeing of our employees remains is our priority,” she said.


Peter Williams, 29/5/2019, thewest.com.au/business/energy/monadelphous-workers-suffer-low-morale-awu-mua-alliance-survey-shows-ng-b881214998z

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