The Bargaining team met last Thursday 21/10/21 to try and finalise the EBA. There is still one outstanding item, which is our claim for an improved dispute resolution clause.
Members may recall this clause was one of 4 items in the ‘bundle’ of claims needed to finalise the EBA.
Management are unwilling to agree to our claim as it currently stands.
Management initially said their concerns stemmed from the potential for staff not following the grievance policy in the first instance. To address this concern, we put forward a clause that explicitly stated staff need to follow the policy before a referral to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) can be made.
This still did not alleviate Management’s concerns and they believed that by the inclusion of “Disciplinary Matters” into the dispute resolution procedure, this would take focus away from achieving the shared vision of making the lives of carers better. Instead, they would have to spend a lot of time and resources managing disciplinary issues at the FWC.
We attempted to inform management that this would not be the case but Management were not moved.
Management have now proposed to put the EBA out to vote without the endorsement of the ASU. We have had an assurance that all claims and agreements that have been reached up to this point will be honoured.
We are awaiting the edited draft version of the EBA so that we can be certain that all that has been agreed upon so far is reflected. Once the Bargaining team have gone through this document, we will call a union meeting so that we can ask members if we want to endorse the EBA as it is or to run a ‘no’ campaign.
For more information please contact:
ASU Organiser Kerman Daruwalla | firstname.lastname@example.org