Over recent months, the ASU has been meeting with the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and DELWP about the need for certainty and job security at WRRGs. We have raised that members are anxious and worried about the future due the prospective changes with the new Waste Authority and you need confidence and security about your jobs.
In response to the ASU’s advocacy, the Government has recently written to WRRG’s leadership to provide a commitment around job security. The commitment is as follows:
- the Government will guarantee that all staff employed by WRRGs as at 30 June 2022 under the Metropolitan and Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Groups Enterprise Agreement (EA) will be able to transfer to the new Authority on terms no less favourable than their current EBA from 1 July 2022.
- Ongoing staff who are not covered by the EA will also be able to transfer into roles in the new Authority on terms no less favourable than those which apply to their current engagements as at 30 June 2022. Similarly, fixed term roles would transition until the end of their contract.
- All existing fixed-term staff positions will be reviewed (including vacancies if applicable) to determine which positions are business critical and advise the department if they intend to extend these positions beyond 30 June 2022. Fixed term positions will otherwise be limited to 31 December 2022, and keep wage increases in line with the Gov’s wages policy.
The ASU will continue to advocate for the need for certainty and information about what the new roles will be in the Waste Authority. However, this is an important first step and safeguard about ongoing employment and minimum terms and conditions.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further please contact your ASU delegate or ASU Organiser Zoe Edwards at email@example.com
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