The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) and the Electrical Trades Union have negotiated WA’s first agreement to include conditions from the state government’s FIFO mental health code of conduct.
The signed agreement between the AMWU and multinational Perdaman, which is set to build a $4.5 billion fertiliser plant in the Pilbara, will see all workers receive good wages and conditions, family friendly rosters and a commitment to better working environments for mental health.
AMWU State Secretary Steve McCartney said the agreement will provide workers democracy in their workplace, which equals a safer job.
“The union movement with Perdaman has set the benchmark for workers in the Pilbara by being the first in WA to officially acknowledge the state government’s mental health code of conduct,” he said.
“The two unions have worked together with the state government and Perdaman to create this agreement, which will also facilitate better communication between the union and the employer in the workplace.
“As part of the agreement there will be no moteling arrangements. Here’s one employer that’s not scared to have a sense of community in the workplace.
“I commend Perdaman for taking the first steps to look after workers’ wellbeing, their mental health and their families to safeguard a prosperous long-term working future.
“Perdaman has stood up and sent a message that this is the way forward in WA. At the end of the day this is about creating jobs, long term, local, permanent, well paid jobs.
“The state government code, and Perdaman picking it up, should hopefully create a change for workers and their families in the Pilbara,” Mr McCartney said.
Comments attributed to Perdaman Chairman Vikas Rambal:
“I want to thank the AMWU who assisted in Perdaman being able to achieve this agreement by allowing us to understand the issues around worker’s mental health.
“Perdaman intends on a long-term future in the Pilbara and is committed to doing the right thing for the local community.
“As part of the agreement we have revised rosters and conditions to ensure our workers are looked after and agree to maintain a healthy working relationship with the union to ensure communication lines remain open.”
Comments attributed to Peter Carter, State Secretary ETU:
“As well as the progressive family friendly and mental health clauses in the agreement, it is also a welcome departure from the wage race to the bottom prevalent over the last several years in the construction industry and should be a guide for all projects in the state.
“Workers’ wages are an important catalyst for economic growth and we urge the state government to follow suit on all their infrastructure projects so WA taxpayers get the best return from their taxes which will help fund these projects.”
Comments attributed to Kevin Michel MLA:
“The agreement signed by Perdaman and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union is a fantastic victory for our local workers in the Pilbara.
“The rights of workers, the mental health of workers, and the wellbeing of the community, are all at the forefront of this agreement between Perdaman and the AMWU.
“The agreement between Perdaman and the AMWU strikes a fair balance between the needs of the community and local workers on local projects.”
A Family Fun Day event was hosted at The Village at Margs yesterday, the first event proudly sponsored by Perdaman as the new shopping centre owner.
The event brought the community together with some kids activities including face painting, balloon twisting, hair & feather tinsels and a magician performing his tricks! We also had some live music performed by a local band called River & Bugs which everyone enjoyed.
We would like to thank all retailers for their participation and contribution, and we look forward to more successful events in future.
Perdaman was proud to be an official sponsor of the Avon River Festival, Northam’s biggest annual event organised by the Shire of Northam. This event is recognised as the starter event for the world-famous Avon Descent White-Water Race.
The event gathered around 5,000 people and included:
a street parade, where our Property Manager was part of the judging panel
Santos and Perdaman today signed a heads of agreement for the further study and design of Perdaman’s new ammonia production facility using Narrabri natural gas.
In February Santos and Perdaman signed a non-binding agreement for the supply of 14.5PJ of natural gas per annum over 20 years, subject to a final investment decision for Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project.
This Pre-FEED (front-end engineering and design) study is the next step in the development of a chemical and fertiliser facility near Narrabri, which will use appraisal and early development gas.
It will also further define hybrid power facility options, a combination of gas-fired power generation integrated with renewable power generation to provide electricity to both the Narrabri Gas Project and the ammonium nitrate plant.
The plant is expected to support at least 700 jobs during construction, and sustain 100 direct and 100 indirect ongoing jobs during operations. This is in addition to the hundreds of jobs that will be supported by the Narrabri Gas Project during both construction and operations.
Santos Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher and Perdaman Group’s founding Chairman and Managing Director, Vikas Rambal, signed the Heads of Agreement in Narrabri today.
Mr Gallagher said these two projects will be a boost for small businesses and the communities in and around Narrabri.
“The project will generate substantial economic revenue and employment opportunities for New South Wales, Narrabri and the surrounding region,” Mr Gallagher said.
“The Narrabri Gas Project could produce enough gas to supply up to half NSW’s needs, with more and more manufacturers supporting it because they recognise the advantages of having a reliable and competitively-priced source of gas in NSW.”
Narrabri is ideally located for new manufacturing with nearby access to the new Inland Rail linking key east coast ports and the national highway system.
“The Narrabri Gas Project is currently being assessed by the NSW Department of Planning ahead of a decision by the Independent Planning Commission.
“It’s very important to us that the environment and water resources are protected, and NSW has very strong environmental regulation to provide the community with confidence that Narrabri can be developed safely and sustainably.”
Mr Rambal said that new industries like Perdaman’s will help support small businesses and growth in the communities in and around Narrabri.
“I hope the Narrabri Gas Project will proceed to a final investment decision as soon as possible to give certainty to this project and attract more to the region,” Mr Rambal said.
“If our plant goes ahead it will not only bring new jobs but competition, which is always good for prices, to the market in NSW and that will be good for farmers in the region.”
Perdaman was proud to sponsor the Inspiring Australians Student Forum organised by Auspire – Australia Day Council WA at the University of Western Australia. Our Chairman Vikas Rambal gave a speech to 700 students gathered to hear inspiring stories about courage & resilience.
Other speakers included:
Noelle Martin – WA Young Australian of the Year, Noelle Martin shared her own experience as a victim of online abuse and bullying and how she overcome that situation.
Dr Craig Challen – Australian of the Year 2019 award winner, Dr. Craig Challen was one of the rescue cave divers that went on to rescue 12 young boys and their soccer coach from the flooded cave in Thailand last year. Great to hear his story
Our Chairman Vikas Rambal attended the annual WA Works Conference 2019 as a keynote speaker to provide insights about the Perdaman Urea Project in Karratha. Other speakers included senior industry leaders, WA Government Ministers and project executives.
This year, the conference’s topic was “Global trends, Local opportunities.”
To download the Presentation about Destiny Project, click below:
The Western Australian of the Year Awards, held during the WA Day long weekend, recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to our state by those born and bred in Western Australia, or those who have chosen to make Western Australia their home.
The Awards focus on celebrating excellence in business leadership, social entrepreneurship and innovation; making a positive difference to the vibrancy of our state through arts and culture; inspirational role models in the Aboriginal community; positive social, scientific and economic impact; achievement in sport; and improving the lives of Western Australians and the community as a whole.
Perdaman proudly sponsored the Business Award won by Dr. Erica Smyth AC, Chairman of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority. Hearty congratulations to her!
Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd (Perdaman) is proposing to establish a state of the art Urea Production Plant within the proposed Burrup Strategic Industrial Area, approximately 8 km from Dampier and 20 km north-west of Karratha on the north-west coastline of Western Australia (WA).
A draft Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) has been prepared by Cardno on behalf of Perdaman in accordance with Western Australian Government procedures and is released for public review.
The draft ESD sets out the preliminary key environmental factors and environmental information the Environmental Review Document must address.
Hard copies of the document may be purchased for $10 (including postage and packaging) or a USB version is available free of charge from:
Alternatively submissions can be:
• posted to: Chairman, Environmental Protection Authority, Locked Bag 10, Joondalup
DC, WA 6919.
• delivered to: Environmental Protection Authority, Prime House, 8 Davidson Terrace,
Joondalup WA 6027.
If you have any questions on how to make a submission, please ring EPA Services of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on 6364 7000.