ASU Delegates and union bargaining representatives have been trying to negotiate a new agreement with Banyule City Council since April.

COVID-19 restrictions have been challenging, and negotiations have been conducted throughout the pandemic under a weekly schedule of virtual meetings.

ASU’s Log of claims seeks many amendments, including more flexibility, better conditions, more recognition of the work employees put into delivering services to the community and making the agreement more comfortable to read and understand.

Management holds a line that COVID has, and is going to have a big impact on their finances and by extension, their ability to increase wages.

The Council has maintained a substandard proposal

  • one year extension of the existing agreement
  • 1% wage increases as of January 2021
  • They promise not to privatise or make additional retrenchments for the duration of the extended agreement term; except for Home Support Workers due to CHSP withdrawal.

Union delegates are conducting meetings and talking to members about the current Council offer, keep an eye out for invitations and check in with your delegates to get the latest update.

Council has not agreed to the majority of ASU claims, mainly if there is any cost involved.

After Thursday’s meeting, ASU will provide recommendations to members on whether to support the proposed agreement or if we will encourage all employees to vote NO.

If management doesn’t improve their offer, its time for members to consider taking protected industrial action.

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ASU Organiser Will Wyatt | 0418 320 625 |

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