Last week the ASU lodged a formal dispute with City of Greater Geelong, challenging a decision of Council to deny an application by an outdoor worker to move to a 4-day working week.
Your EBA states that “Council will not unreasonably deny the requested arrangements”, which the ASU asserts they have breached.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that when they try, employers like CoGG can make enormous improvements to workplace flexibility very quickly. As soon as it was an enforced requirement, CoGG (and every other Council) had almost every worker who could working from home. Yet we still see reasonable requests like these being denied; not because it can’t be done, but because they can’t be bothered.
CoGG CEO Martin Cutter and other members of the Executive Management Team have talked a lot about improving workplace flexibility, so we will be putting this to the test.
We’ll keep members updated as this progresses, but stand ready to refer this matter externally if CoGG do not start to treat this, and other requests like it, with the respect they deserve.
EBA Member Meetings Reminder
The following meetings are still scheduled for all ASU members to input into your Log of Claims:
Wednesday 31st March – 7:30-8:30am (in the yard)
Wednesday 31st March – 1:00-2:00pm
Wednesday 31st March – 3:30-4:30pm (home care members)
Wednesday 31st March – 6:30-7:30pm
All online meetings will be conducted by Zoom, and have the following details:
Meeting ID: 424 213 7728
Thursday 1st April – 7:30-8:30am (in the yard)
The ASU will be working with the other registered Unions to achieve the best outcomes for all ASU members at CoGG, so this is your chance to have a say around what outcomes we should pursue.