You would be aware that the ASU and CoGG have been locked in negotiations for weeks about the treatment of the 576 staff in Leisure & Recreation whose workplaces have been closed as a result of COVID-19.
After those staff were stood down, we obtained a commitment from CoGG to provide an additional 2 weeks of pay for the almost 300 permanent staff affected while temporary redeployment opportunities were assessed and rolled out. This period runs out today (Fri 17 April).
While a number of staff have been redeployed (around 80) the ASU was still concerned with the number of staff left without financial support. We made this clear to CoGG through a number of forums, including a meeting directly with CEO Martin Cutter.
The ASU has now been advised of further support in an effort to get all staff who want to be working into alternate roles while their workplaces are closed. This includes an additional 2 weeks pay for all staff who indicate they want to be working, and an intensive process involving a group of representatives from HR and the ASU working together to find roles for those staff.
We are optimistic that within the next two weeks most if not all of the stood-down staff who want to be working will have meaningful paid work to do.
The ASU will be holding another Zoom meeting for affected staff soon so keep an eye out for that and join in to let us know your views and experiences and help us in advocating for your interests.