With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all parties agreed in mid-March to put a hold on negotiations until May. This pause allowed for a focus to be placed on safety and security. 

With the active and committed support of ASU Delegates Sally Johnston, Jenny Simms and Maria Strofalis, the ASU office has now opened discussions again. 

Detailed documentation has been sent to Good Shepherd that encapsulates the progress of discussions and requesting a time to meet to further negotiations.  

Good Shepherd has confirmed that a meeting of all parties will now occur mid to late May. The purpose of this meeting is to confirm Good Shepherd’s formal response to the 2 key claims:  

  • flexibility in the timing when taking Parental leave.
  • remuneration available, and the necessary OH&S practices being in place, when On Call and performing after-hours work. 

Conditional on these 2 key claims being met, along with some further possible enhancements, and the maintenance of the current conditions and pay schedule, a roll over approach to the remainder of the agreement, is a distinct option.

After the meeting in May, we will update you with a report back the ASU office and Delegates. 

This report back will include a position on the best way to secure an enterprise agreement that continues to respect and acknowledges the hard and dedicated work you all do.

The ASU is by your side in negotiations for your next enterprise agreement.

To share your ideas or for further information please contact your ASU delegate or
ASU Organiser Giancarlo (Chaz) Volpe | 0428 734 459 | cvolpe@asuvictas.com.au

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