ASU delegates and officials met with City of Port Phillip today for the first bargaining session proper. Initial discussions were had on about a third of the ASU general claims. Members were well represented at negotiations by Bob, Josh, Lauren, Maggie, Monique Peter and Steph.
Early indications from council were that they want to treat all pay, additional allowances, bonuses, superannuation and leave claims as a package. Whilst they have not provided a formal answer to these clams, they foregrounded that the bargaining committee should expect a restrained response from council.
Council has indicated that a range of other items claimed by members should sit in policy, including OHS related matters. In the course of this discussion safety concerns were tabled by the ASU, the catalyst for the discussion being the claim that parking permits be provided for staff working extended hours. More discussion is required on this matter, and an examination of other measures to minimise risk – particularly for public facing roles experiencing incidents currently such as Early Childhood Educators and Library workers.
A summary table of progress to date will be made available to the bargaining group. Please check in with your local delegate for more info on progress to date.
Next meeting is 18 July, with the bargaining group likely to look at scheduling extra sessions and local area appendix meetings.
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