The time has come for you to vote YES or NO to your proposed new Enterprise Agreement.
The ASU is pleased to note that a number of improvements to your conditions of work have been achieved through the bargaining process including an improved Family Violence Leave provision and access to Purchased Leave.
The ASU have negotiated your annual pay increase from Council’s initial offer of 2% per year to an agreed 2.7% in the first year and 2.5% per year for the following three years.
The ASU have achieved a commitment from Council that your Classification Structure will be reviewed and updated within the current financial year to allow further movement within bands as well as opportunity for any worker that remains at the end of their band to apply for the $400 end of band bonus as soon as the new structure has been implemented.
Disappointingly the proposed Enterprise Agreement does contain a number of reductions including the removal of the percentage payout of Personal Leave, a reduction to your Long Service entitlement, a reduction to the application of Time in Lieu and a change to the currently uncapped Redundancy provision to a cap of 52 weeks or 60 weeks for workers with over 17 years of service.
George Town Council’s longest-serving employees are the workers most impacted by these reductions.
Voting will take place on Tuesday 18 December – The ASU encourages all eligible employees to take the time to cast your vote.
What happens next?
If the majority of employees vote YES to the proposed EA – The document will be lodged with the Fair Work Commission for approval. This process will take some time, with the average approval taking approximately 8 to 12 weeks.
If the majority of employees vote NO to the proposed EA – Council and the ASU will meet to discuss what the sticking points are.
If this occurs the ASU will call on Council to approach the process with a view to resolving the outstanding issues in good faith and to not remove George Town Council employee’s opportunity to receive a fair pay increase, back pay or any other positive outcome that has already been achieved through the bargaining process.
For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Kath Milbourne | 0429 004 237 | firstname.lastname@example.org