This afternoon the ASU Negotiating Team will attend the Fair Work Commission about your enterprise agreement.

This has come about as a result of City of Melbourne’s application, who want the Commission to mediate the bargaining dispute.

It’s disappointing that COM refused to respond to the ASU Counter-Offer during bargaining. However, we welcome all opportunities to try and get a resolution to this 2-year long dispute.

As a reminder, the ASU has approached these negotiations with the following guiding principles:

  • Backpay to compensate workers for 3 years without a pay rise and provide a fair pay rise for 2021.
  • Include conditions improvements agreed to in the March 2020 in-principle agreement.
  • Agreement to cover the period 2019 to 2022.

We put the counter offer on 8 July and have not received a response from City of Melbourne:

Length of agreement

  • Expiry: 30 June 2022


  • Back pay at rate of CPI. This is an estimated 3.3% increase based on the March quarter 2019 and 2020.
  • 5% pay increase paid at 1 July 2021

Addressing the Schedule A/AA pay inequity 

  • Move all current Schedule A, Band 1 employees to Schedule AA (i.e. 47 employees at bottom of Band 1 move to 1B and receive ongoing progression)
  • Implement the Schedule A midpoint commitment at 1 July 2021.


  • Parental leave and volunteer leave improvements
  • Other conditions as agreed in March 2020

We’ll keep you updated about the outcomes from Fair Work today. Any agreement reached by the ASU Negotiating Team is in-principle and subject to a vote of ASU Members.

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ASU Organiser Zoe Edwards |

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