Reminder: stopwork today! Meet at the front of Preston Town Hall 10am -11am

The ASU bargaining group is sharing the new offer put by council – SEE HERE FOR DETAILS – for discussion at stop work this morning!

The ASU office has been made aware that Darebin workers have been issued letters regarding “partial work bans”. READ THE LETTER HERE.

We understand that council has advised pay will be reduced by varying amounts, and that these reductions are related to the following work stoppages scheduled for today, as notified by the ASU on 8 June. READ THE NOTICE HERE.

Stoppages at the following times and for the following durations for those working in the areas described:  

  • Waste – from 9 am until end of shift or 11:30 am, whichever is the earlier
  • Cleansing – from 9 am until conclusion of shift or until 1 pm, whichever is the earlier
  • Parks – from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Construction – from 9 am until 1 pm.
  • Community Support/Aged Care – from 9:30 am until 11:30 am.
  • Leisure – from 9:30 am until 11:30 am • Libraries: Preston library – 10 am until 12noon
  • All other library sites – 9:30 am until 11:30 am
  • Customer Service – 9:45 am until 11:45 am.
  • Indoor/Office-based: Preston based – from 10 am until 12 noon.
  • Other than Preston based – from 9:30 am until 11:30 am
  • Local Laws & Traffic – 10 am until 12 noon
  • Arts & Culture/Facilities – 9:30 am until 11:30 am
  • Family, Children, and Youth: 9:45 am until 11:45 am
  • Bundoora Park: 9:30am until 11:30am
  • Any other outdoor workers: from 9am until 1pm.

The letter indicated queries be raised by Friday 16 June, accordingly the ASU office has sought clarification on behalf of all members of the following: 

  1. The notice reference is to a complete work stoppage, not a partial work ban.  
  1. We understand council is required to not pay members participating in the stopwork for the time not worked.  
  1. The letter to employees is incorrect about it being a “partial work ban”.   
  1. The amount of time stopped/amount not paid proposed is incorrect for some work groups (eg cleansing: some shifts commence 3am, ending prior to the notified stoppage period; a blanket percentage reduction is therefore inaccurate for a stoppage where workers will in effect participate partially in own time).  
  1. The calculation method overall is best done on time itself that work ceases, rather than a percentage. 
  1. We will advise members accordingly of the alteration of advice required, and that this has been raised on their behalf. 

We will keep members in the loop on council’s response. 

Meanwhile if you participate in the stop work today and your pay is reduced by more than the time you actually participated, please alert a delegate or Tash 

Note: the time you participate includes travel time.  However, any time that is a break or lunch time adjacent to the stopwork period is additional, and not counted as a work stoppage. 

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