FDV leave: ASU members have their say

 

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During the last week of #16DaysOfActivism we feature videos of ASU members sharing their views about why WE WON'T WAIT for the critical assistance that can be provided by a minimum of 10 days' paid family & domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards (NES).

Over a million Australian workers already have access to this leave via the efforts of their unions negotiating enterprise agreements, but the ASU and union movement in general believes it should be a universal right for all workers via the NES because it's a small measure that can deliver huge results to deal with the scourge of violence in our communities.

View the videos on our facebook page

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**16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: a yearly international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Thanks to Unions NSW for putting the video together.

 

FWC directs Break O Day to respond to ASU

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The Fair Work Commission heard the ASU’s application for Bargaining Orders filed against Break O Day Council in October.

Deputy President Barclay found that Break O Day Council was in breach of their Good Faith Bargaining obligations due to failing to adhere to the following requirements.

  • Attending, and participating in, meetings at reasonable times.
  • Responding to proposals made by other bargaining representatives for the agreement in a timely manner.

The commissioner directed Break O Day Council to respond to the ASU’s proposals within 7 days of the hearing, to hold a bargaining meeting with the ASU on the 24th of October and schedule further bargaining meetings as required. The ASU was pleased to report back to the Fair Work Commission that Break O Day Council had complied with Commission’s directions by sending responses to the ASU’s proposals as agreed and that a productive bargaining was held on the 24th of October.
Further negotiation meetings have also taken place on November 2nd and 23rd.

Redundancies at Southern Midlands Council

 

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Southern Midlands Council last month terminated the employment of eight employees at Callington Mill in Oatlands after the Aldermen made a decision to close the Mill’s café and information centre to the public and to cease running tours of the Mill.

The decision was made extremely quickly with the affected employees being notified of an in-principle decision to close the Mill just two weeks before being given their notice of the final decision to do so.  The employees found themselves out of a job just one week later.

The Mill has been a sore point for Council since it opened in 2010 after Council was unsuccessful in finding a private operator for the Callington Mill Precinct. The Mill has been making a loss in excess of $200,000 per year. There have been some industrial issues which had been resolved since the implementation of the latest enterprise agreement but ultimately the decision was made to close the Mill.

The ASU is disappointed in the decision made by Council but we are pleased that management has worked with us to ensure all affected employees were paid all of their entitlements. Unfortunately the employees were previously advised that they would be transferring their employment to a new whisky distillery opening next door but delays in the development application and re-zoning approval processes meant that this option was no longer viable.

The Mill will continue to operate as a working flour mill supplying flour to their wholesale customers.

 

Waiting on an Agreement approval?

 

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It’s that time of year again where many enterprise agreement negotiations have been completed for the year and we find a large number of ASU members waiting for the approval process to be completed by the Fair Work Commission so their new agreement can be implemented.

This can sometimes be a frustratingly long process, currently approval times are ranging from 10 – 15 weeks. That’s once the agreement is lodged with the Commission.

The delay is a result of the huge volume of agreements being submitted this time of year and every enterprise agreements is now heavily scrutinised by the Commission to ensure compliance with the Fair Work Act and to make sure that every employee covered by the agreement will be better off than they would otherwise be if they were covered by the applicable modern award instead of the agreement.

There is little anyone can do to speed up this process, other than making sure the agreement fulfils all of the necessary requirements before going to ballot, and we must wait for the Commission to complete their work. Approval is usually very swift once the Commission is finished with the checks and balances but with close to 1200 agreements currently waiting for approval this can take a considerable time.

If you have recently voted on an agreement and are waiting for it to come into effect and would like more information about the current status of your agreement please feel free to contact your ASU Organiser.

 

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