ASU Tasmanian Coordinator, Aaron De La Torre, met with management and employee bargaining representatives yesterday to progress negotiations for your new enterprise agreement.

Management opened the meeting by tabling their log of claims, which included, amongst a couple of other things:

  • a preference for a four-year agreement;
  • a wage offer of 2.5% each year;
  • an attempt to load part-time pay rates to avoid overtime payments; and
  • changes to the redundancy entitlements to allow individuals to negotiate lesser entitlements.

The management team then responded to each of your claims and the claims raised so far by employee bargaining representatives. Disappointingly, the overwhelming majority of your claims have been refused. See their response to each of your claims here.

Management is sticking to the argument that they are flexible, accommodating, understanding and often go above and beyond for employees. Not providing certainty around these claims in the enterprise agreement allows for a change in HR Manager or General Manager to stick to the letter of the agreement and take away much of that flexibility. If they believe they are forthcoming at the moment, we call on management to write it into the agreement and secure it for the future.

We are still in early stages of negotiations and management have taken a few items away to discuss again. We will articulate our opposition to their refusal on many of these items and we hope for a better outcome for members in coming meetings. This is not an unusual position to be in after the initial meeting.

ASU Organiser Karen Tantari will be visiting Clarence City Council next Thursday morning. Look for meeting notices coming through as soon as we obtain approval from management for paid time meetings to take place.

For more information please contact:
ASU Tasmanian Coordinator Aaron De La Torre | 0427 813 821 | adelatorre@asuvictas.com.au

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