Yarra City workers rally for basic rights
- Created on Sunday, 08 July 2012 11:12
Australian Services Union members at Yarra City Council held a rally and bbq on July 9 to protest against management as yet another worker was denied the right to union representation recently.
The rally has come about because management continue to ignore basic workplace rights and use employees as scapegoats when things go wrong, according to ASU Organiser Lita Gillies.
“This is not the first time Yarra City Council have completely disregarded an employee's right to representation, a right enshrined in the Fair Work Act. In 2010, ASU members at the council held a rally to protest against exactly the same behaviour and Councillor Stephen Jolly spoke in support of the workers. Two years later and management are still trying to kill off the workplace rights of workers Yarra City Council.”
“Council managers are also playing political games that see employees wear the blame when ratepayers complain, while they walk free from their responsibilities. We are not sure why council spend money on wages for an Executive Manager of Human Services and an Employee Resources Co-ordinator when neither follow their council's own policies.”
“The ASU, its members and council members will move a motion of no confidence for the entire and ever-growing Human Resources area, calling on the incoming CEO to clean up the mess. The rally will show the growing support of workers at the council wanting a right to fair union representation.”
To view pictures of the rally, click here
For the town crier's video asking for a HR sacking, click here
For more information, contact ASU Organiser Lita Gillies