As many members are aware, the ASU has been requesting that BCYF management address the serious bullying and harassment culture at the Malop Street worksite for some time now.

Since negotiations were taking place for a new enterprise agreement last year it was conveyed to BCYF that there were bullying and harassment issues present at Malop Street.

This claim has been substantiated by ASU after several after-hours meetings with members to discuss the issues. The ASU is highly concerned that our members are at grave risk of workplace injury. We know that some members have already left the organisation or made WorkCover claims and we have been telling BCYF for some time that many who are still there are subjected to bullying and harassment behaviour. The ASU believes members’ claims have validity, and that BCYF has enough information to act. WorkSafe guidance on responding to bullying notes that feedback can come from many sources, and does not require formal individual complaints. Members have been very clear that they are terrified of coming forward with formal complaints due to a belief that there will be retribution. And this has been conveyed to BCYF by the union as a barrier.

Whilst BYCF has invited ASU delegates to meet with management to discuss the issues, they have made it clear that they have no intention of investigating unless they receive formal individual complaints with evidence of the bullying and harassment.

ASU has requested on 3 occasions that BCYF engage an external investigator, with the investigator being agreed to, by both ASU and BCYF, to carry out an impartial investigation at Malop St. On each occasion this has been refused. The only offering BCYF have provided is to undertake training in above the line, below the line behaviours and to carry out surveys. ASU supports training however have been clear that with recent events this is not sufficient to address your concerns.

BCYF’s refusal to engage in appropriate measures to address the seriousness of the concerns has left ASU no alternative but to consider escalating this issue. We have urged BCYF to reconsider their position and work with ASU to immediately start the process of engaging in an agreed investigator.

All members are entitled to a safe workplace and are encouraged to work with the ASU to end this culture of bullying and harassment.

Members are requested to confidentially contact their Organiser, Joanne McEvoy, on the below contact details if they have been a victim of or witnessed these behaviours in the workplace. Your information will remain strictly confidential however will assist in building a bigger picture of how far spread this issue is.

Should any member be currently feeling unsafe at work we urge you to immediately call the member contact centre on 1300 855 570 for advice.

By increasing our numbers and strength we can and will continue to fight to improve your working lives. Pass this on to a non-member and ask them to join ASU today by visiting: https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Joanne McEvoy | 0437 035 721 | jmcevoy@asuvictas.com.au

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