After strong pressure from the ASU and local State and Federal Labor MPs in Geelong who supported the Union’s call, CEO Martin Cutter has announced that permanent staff in Leisure who had been stood down from their jobs will now receive an additional two weeks pay.
Council have also committed to working closely with the ASU during the next couple of weeks to find better solutions to the issues faced in that area that supports staff financially, and keeps everyone who can be working in meaningful work within Council, even if it’s not what they normally do.
It’s disappointing that in the midst of working collaborative around a lot of new initiatives in the face of unprecedented challenges, CoGG took this approach with their leisure staff. However we welcome the latest announcement and expect that things will be done very differently if other areas of Council face similar closures.
The ASU is also working with CoGG on establishing supporter networks for all staff affected by Covid-19, with our Union Delegates playing a leading role alongside HR on establishing how those groups function and the role they play.
For any members (particularly those working in Leisure/Recreation) interested in hearing more and/or providing your input we have a Zoom meeting this evening at 5:30pm (https://zoom.us/j/789740211). Please feel free to pass this link on to any staff who may not be ASU members but might be interested in learning more about what we’re doing.
If you won’t be able to join the meeting have a happy and safe Easter weekend at home, and we’ll continue fighting to ensure your job is as safe and secure as possible!
Unions provide the only effective defense for staff against bad industrial decisions, so if you’re not an ASU member join today (https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin)!