On 4 December ASU bargaining representatives met with management for further enterprise agreement negotiations, your elected representatives were eager to hear what council had learned from the embarrassment of losing the vote on their proposed agreement.

We wanted to hear what Council were going to do in an effort to improve their offer. Unfortunately, they appear to be wasting time.

Instead of improving their offer, they wanted to hear what members required to get an agreement.

The definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake hopeful to get a different result.

The ASU has clearly set out and communicated what members want from their agreement to Ballarat City Council over six months of negotiations, prior to the ballot and at the Fair work commission.

We are working to further distil the main issues holding up the agreement.

ASU bargaining representatives reached agreement on the disputes clause and process on discipline and underperformance.

Unfortunately, it was a one-sided affair, management had nothing to offer. It just appears they are prolonging the bargaining process, denying members a new agreement in the lead up to the festive season break.

Another meeting has been set for Tuesday, Dec 17, enough time for management to make an improved offer.

If the next meeting is equally unsuccessful, the ASU will be seeking direction from members on next steps including consideration of protected industrial action…But let’s see what the 17th holds before we embark down that path.

The ASU call on all members to encourage colleagues to support members and their representative efforts in improving working conditions for all staff at the City of Ballarat. Ask them to join the union and pin this news bulletin up on notice boards, read it at toolbox meetings, and more importantly, tell a non-member the only way to ensure a fair pay rise is to join a union and stand together.

Anyone wanting to join the ASU can go to www.asuvictas.com.au

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Will Wyatt | 0418 320 625 | wwyatt@asuvictas.com.au

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