Shonky EBA voting process at Whitehorse
- Created on Friday, 29 June 2012 14:11
The Australian Services Union has questioned the reliability of the enterprise bargaining agreement voting process at Whitehorse City Council after some ASU members were not even given a chance to vote.
ASU Assistant Secretary Richard Duffy said that the ASU has been receiving regular reports from members and council employees who have not yet received any details about how to vote in the EBA ballot, which is being conducted by council today.
“We suspect management do not want to hear from certain employees on which way they’d like to vote considering they have not received any correspondence regarding the ballot. This puts the whole process under a cloud.”
“This ballot is just another in a long line of bad decisions made by management at Whitehorse throughout EBA negotiations. As mentioned, the EBA at Whitehorse does not finish until February, 2013, but management are trying to force through a new set of terms and conditions eight months before the expiry of the current agreement. The problem is that the new offer made by council is well below what other ASU members are receiving in other councils, and they will have some of their rights stripped away if it is agreed upon.”
“The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is normally the independent body that runs these types of ballots because of its history and experience. Council, however, have decided to engage a company in Queensland without any discussion with the ASU. Surely the AEC would have been the way to go to ensure a fair ballot. We wonder what results will come out of this considering lots of ASU members haven’t even been given a chance to vote.”
“We will be reviewing the results of the ballot and mount a challenge if required. The last thing we want for our members is for this sub-standard EBA to go through on the back of an unreliable voting process.”
For more information, contact ASU Assistant Secretary Richard Duffy