The ASU has been in informed that voting on the Yarra Ranges Shire Council enterprise agreement has begun.

The ASU’s bargaining objectives were not fully met, the employer and union reached impasse and not agreement.

Therefore the ASU advises members to vote NO in this ballot.

ASU cannot recommend the agreement as we believe the transmission of business clause undermines the job security objectives we took to the bargaining table.

Transfer of Business
The wording of the Transfer of Business clause has been redrafted by Council without ASU agreement, to remove any ambiguity that employees may elect to transfer to a private provider or be redeployed/redundant.

Under the previous agreement there was an element of choice and control, However Yarra Ranges has stamped any interpretation of employee choice when a transfer of business occurs.

What Council proposes makes clear employees will not have any choice or control, the employer will decide if an employee is transferring or retrenched.

If the employee is not offered a job with the private provider, then there will be access to redeployment and redundancy.

Members must be aware this employment condition is less favourable than the existing term.

Quantum and Timing
A 3 year agreement with the following salary increases:

  • 1 October, 2018 – all employees to receive an increase of 2.25%
  • 1 October, 2019 – all employees to receive an increase of 2.5%
  • 1 October, 2020 – all employees to receive an increase in line with the Gazetted Rate Cap set by the Minister for Local Government for the 2020/21 year, or an increase of 2.0%, whichever is the greater

The ASU believes this offer is not as good as desired. However, Management refuse to entertain a $35 or % pay increase (whichever was greater), which would have received agreement. Therefore ASU cannot recommend members vote to approve the agreement.

Agency Hire Staff Clause
A new Agency Contract Hire Staff clause has been drafted, whereby in the first instance additional work would be offered to existing staff. Agency staff would only be called if existing staff are unable to work, in emergency situations or where specialist skills are required. This is a welcome enhancement to the agreement.

Introduction to Change (ITC) consultation clause
Introduction to Change (ITC) consultation clause has been modified to ensure compliance with the Fair Work Act, but also ensures Unions will be consulted on major change that impacts members. Balance has been maintained in this clause.

Home Carer Specific Conditions of Employment
The Hours of Duty section has been updated to provide greater clarity around guaranteed hours. No current employee will be disadvantaged, the changes to how guaranteed hours are calculated only apply where an employee initiates changes to their roster or availability.

Current Agreement Provisions
There were many smaller changes that did not impact entitlements, agreement was reached on small modifications and additions, changes to some formatting, all this was conducted to ensure compliance with the Fair Work Act, and for the purposes of increasing the clarity, on a small positive note, redeployment provisions that entitle employees who agree to be redeployed to a lower classification, to income maintenance will increase from nine to twelve months.

If members have a concern about their privacy when voting, ASU recommends phoning in to provide your vote.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Will Wyatt | 0418 320 625 | wwyatt@asuvictas.com.au

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