ASU members at Maribyrnong City Council have recently escalated their campaign for a fair enterprise agreement by overwhelmingly supporting industrial action.
This escalation shows the level of concern members have with council’s attempt to reduce hard won conditions currently in their enterprise agreement.
Members are deeply concerned by council’s proposal to change the transmission of business clause in the current agreement. If accepted, this would see redundancies no longer payed where there was a transmission of business.
This proposal is a continuation of Maribyrnong City Council trying to deny workers redundancy payments.
The ASU fought hard against Maribyrnong City Council’s attempt to outsource aged care services without paying redundancies to the effected workers.
We won a judgement in federal court that saw $1.3 million in redundancy payments to Home Support Officers after a transition of business that affected the aged care department.
With these events fresh in the minds of worker at Maribyrnong City Council, ASU members do not want to see their current entitlements chipped away by council.
In addition to trying to reduce existing redundancy entitlements, Maribyrnong City Council is offering a low wage increase of just 2.15% in the first year and 2% in the two subsequent years or $25 whichever is greater.
Council workers feel the offer council has put on the table is disrespectful and does not take into account the hard work of council employees over the last three years.