On the 12 August, Michael Rizzo from the ASU National Office in Melbourne, received a call from management informing him that because of the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne technicians had less work to do and Canon wanted to move to a partial stand down from the 17 August.
The Melbourne work group would be divided into Team A and B and each team would work one week on and one week off for the Stage 4 restriction. When not working technicians could choose to access annual leave, long service leave or unpaid leave.
Canon also called an urgent meeting of the National Consultative Committee for 13 August so to establish a similar national framework if work were to lessen in other States. This meeting was held with the ASU and delegates present and the company agreed to a union request for employees to be able to take annual leave at half pay if they chose to do so. The ASU also asked Canon that members who elect to take half pay should still accrue leave at normal levels. Canon is considering this and a decision is imminent
the ASU is monitoring the situation and talking to Canon as things develop and we will keep you informed of major developments.
If you have any questions or want further information, please contact:
ASU Assistant Branch Secretary Leon Wiegard | firstname.lastname@example.org