ASU delegates and members at a major community service provider have shown the importance of being united for improved employment conditions – we are stronger together.

For over 6 months ASU members, wit the support of their ASU organiser, have been negotiating a new enterprise agreement with Barwon Child Youth and Family (BCYF).

Despite numerous attempts to convince BCYF management that their offer fell well below what members would accept, BCYF put a proposed enterprise agreement to a ballot of all employees in late June.

ASU delegates got busy on numerous fronts, campaigning hard against an enterprise agreement proposed by their employer that was well below ASU members’ expectation.

The activity of the dedicated and organised delegates at BCYF included

  • Educating members on what was at stake with the proposed enterprise agreement
  • Growing ASU membership at BCYF
  • Forming a delegate network to talk through the issues, and
  • Creating and distributing their own flyers urging their workmates to reject the proposed agreement.

Importantly, other members stepped up and took on the role as delegate, greatly increasing the activism for a fair enterprise agreement offer.

The work and commitment of delegates at BCYF paid off. A high participation rate, and more importantly a big NO Vote on management’s proposed agreement, forced BCYF back to the negotiating table.

The great result shows the value in every worksite having an organised and united team of delegates.

If you are interested in becoming an ASU delegate at your worksite contact your ASU organiser or the ASU Member Contact Centre on 1300 855 570.

And if, like the ASU members at BCYF, you have a delegate or delegates who have really stood up for their workmates, consider nominating them for an ASU delegate of the year award.

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