Protest and park closures for Queen's Birthday
- Created on Friday, 08 June 2012 18:41
Parks Victoria workers will close access to a number of parks to protest on the Queen’s Birthday holiday (Monday, June 11) as enterprise bargaining negotiations with management have again failed.
ASU Lead Organiser Michelle Jackson said that industrial action – which has been ongoing since last December – will continue until management decide to offer fair pay and conditions for Parks Vic employees.
“Action has been going since December, with ASU members not getting a pay rise for the last 18 months. The current offer from management is an increase of about $10.90 per week for most of our members, which is a slap in the face for the hard-working employees at Parks Vic.”
“Despite the constant breakdown of negotiations, ASU members are not wavering and we will be applying for more bans in the near future, with bans on emergency callouts and clearing hazards, including removing fallen trees from roads.”
“We started by trying to negotiate in good faith, but management clearly don’t realise that park areas enjoyed by thousands of people each and every year is made possible due to the hard work of employees at Parks Vic. Management are obviously unconcerned about impact on the public and are not worried about the safety concerns that may arise because of these bans and closures.”
“We realise the general public may be unhappy with the disruptions, but we ask park users to join with union members to demand a fair deal for Parks Victoria workers.”
“We will take any action within our power to make sure our members our treated fairly in situations such as these.”
For more information, contact ASU Lead Organiser Michelle Jackson