Last weekend our union was in the Fair Work Commission to stop hundreds of members being stood down at Ballarat City Council.
Adding further injury to these workers lives after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, many of these workers had been told to use their accrued and future leave annual leave and Long Service Leave in place of their fortnightly wage.
The City of Ballarat was determined to stand-down these workers with only 4 days special leave.
Hundreds of workers at the City of Ballarat are now going to receive additional special leave and be consulted on Council’s planned stand-downs.
It is a real win for our union’s members that, after the union’s intervention, the council agreed to genuinely consult with workers’ representatives to the need for standing down 223 workers on mass.
Our union every single job at each local council and we weren’t willing to see our members at Ballarat City Council stood-down, and told to use their accrued and future leave, without a fight.
Hundreds of City of Ballarat employees are benefiting from the strength of our union and the unwavering determination of our delegates at the City of Ballarat.
Members of our union stood together and won additional leave if they are stood-down and a process to reduce the need for stand-downs.
Only a strong and determined union with in-house industrial legal specialists and the resources to bring in Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, one of Australia’s largest law firms, can defend members jobs in this way.