ASU organiser Will Wyatt was refused access to hold discussions with ASU members yesterday morning at the Keilor depot.
Despite providing 24hours notice that he was exercising his right of entry powers, Management would not let him on-site to support members.
Will intends to attempt another right of entry early next week, to support members, and discuss the Stage 4 COVID restrictions.
All necessary permits and COVID precautions will be taken. Look out for an invite.
COVID-19 Personal Risk Assessment dispute
The ASU was notified late last week that a COVID-19 Personal Risk Assessment (see attached) is being handed around by supervisors and managers, to be filled in by employees.
The form itself doesn’t appear to indicate it is compulsory, however, ASU members report managers are threatening harm to employment if employees choose not to disclose this information.
Firstly some of this information would be already contained in employee’s personal information collected by Council at the start of the employment relationship.
Secondly, the nature of the form appears discriminatory and harmful. Seeking employees be examined by a GP if they identify as any “at risk’ category.
As the duty holder, the Employer is obligated to implement health & safety precautions that protect all employees from risks and hazards to their health and wellbeing. Directing a clinical examination of an employee because of their age, race or disability is blatant discrimination. The ASU has advised council we are in dispute and advises members not to complete the form while it is in dispute.
Further advice will follow once the dispute is settled.
As always, the ASU is by your side.
For any further information please contact: Your ASU delegate or
ASU Organiser Will Wyatt | 0418 320 625 | firstname.lastname@example.org