Mackay Casings - workers vote unanimously for protected action

A protected action ballot was conducted by the Fair Work Commission as a result of a protected action ballot application being made.

An application for ballot must:

  • be made by one or more bargaining representatives of an employee who will be covered by a proposed enterprise agreement which is not a greenfields or multi-enterprise agreement
  • be made no more than 30 days before the nominal expiry date of any existing agreement
  • if the applicant wishes someone other than the AEC to conduct the ballot (called a ballot agent), specify the name of that person.

In considering whether or not to order a protected action ballot, the Commission must be satisfied that the bargaining representative(s) of the employees seeking the ballot have been genuinely trying to reach agreement.

On 11 June 2014 workers voted unanimously to take protected action at Mackay Casings, Wangaratta.