The parties have reached in-principle agreement (aside from the ANMF who we support in their ongoing discussions with management) and we await Council putting the EBA document out to vote. This had hoped to be done by Christmas but now looks more like mid-January 2021.

While the delay is unfortunate, after a 2-year long industrial dispute between the ASU and HBCC, waiting another month is a small inconvenience. If you won’t be working during January please ensure you are kept up-to-date on the EBA voting process so you can have your say.

Annual shutdown
Here’s the deal about the annual shutdown between Christmas Day and New Years Day:

  • If you work in an essential service, you will continue to work (unless you take approved leave)
  • If you have less than six weeks of leave accrued, you can continue to work if you want, and it will be up to your manager and you what you will do on those days
  • If you have more than six weeks of leave accrued, HBCC can instruct you to take those days off

We are not convinced that HBCC has fulfilled their obligations around providing notice to those individuals who, due to excessive leave accruals, are being forced to take days off. If you are in this situation and do not want to take those days off, contact the ASU on 1300 855 570.

Other matters
Something will be organised in the new year for ASU members and delegates to get together and celebrate the EBA outcome once it is voted up. In the meantime, if you see one of your ASU delegates thank them for their dedication and hard work during this period, we know how tough it has been on them and they never faltered in putting you all first every step of the way.

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