We’re getting in contact to update you on the 150 staff that Maribyrnong Council terminated in secret last month, and to invite you to a member meeting on Zoom.
DATE: Monday 11 May
ZOOM LINK: https://zoom.us/j/92400755427
ZOOM MEETING ID: 924-0075-5427
Show your support for the Maribyrnong 150 and join us!
On Thursday ASU Delegates and Organisers went to the Fair Work Commission due to the employers’ failure to consult and get the Maribyrnong 150 reinstated.
Maribyrnong continues to refuse to rescind the terminations, and we have requested the Deputy President list the matter for a public hearing. At the same time, employees and the community have been contacting Councillors and MPs, with at least five Federal and State MPs contacting the CEO with their concerns.
Many of the terminated employees have worked for Maribyrnong for years, one staff member has given more than twenty years of service to the Council. Many worked regular and predictable hours and had expectations of ongoing work.
Under service closures, they were expecting to lose work, but they weren’t expecting to wake up after twenty years’ service with no job at all. Terminations such as these have not occurred in any other Councils in Victoria. They now have no guarantees of being rehired when services recommence and have lost entitlements to service recognition leave and casual conversion.
The Member Meeting will allow you to hear everything that is going on to get these employees reinstated, put forward your own suggestions, and raise concerns related to your own area.
The meeting will take place on Zoom, which you will not be able to use on your work computer, so please join via personal computer or smartphone. If you’ve never used Zoom before, click on the link and download the player, or download the app at least thirty minutes before the meeting is scheduled.
If you have a colleague that isn’t a member yet, forward them this email so they can follow this join link. It goes without saying that it’s pretty important to have a union by your side right now.