Hobsons Bay City Council Director of Corporate Services Andrew McLeod has pulled the pin on all enterprise agreement negotiations for the next 4-6 weeks, undermining your right to bargain. He has indicated that Council may try to move away from even having an EBA pending advice from a lawyer.

This is an unprecedented attack on the pay and conditions of workers at Hobsons Bay City Council. We urge all Council staff to stand united and fight back against what’s being done to your jobs!

We need all members to attend the next ASU meeting to discuss this and other EBA issues:

DATE: Tuesday 18 June
TIME: 7.00 am – 8.00 am
VENUE: HBCC Depot

DATE: Tuesday 18 June
TIME: 9.00 am – 10.00 am
VENUE: Civic Centre (Meeting Room 3)

The suggestion by Mr McLeod that Hobsons Bay “may not see the EBA as meeting Council’s future needs” and even that “perhaps the Local Authorities Award is more suitable” was made at a meeting about the EBA on 11th June.

It seems Mr McLeod has form in this area, having been the subject of a motion of no-confidence from staff while working at NSW Fairfield Council in 2014, after management moved to terminate three Enterprise Agreements when staff fought back against aggressive cuts to pay and conditions.

While Council seem to have plenty of money for QC lawyers and initiatives like “Hobsons Bay 2.0”, Mr Van Egmond continues to tell staff about the burdens of staff salaries and entitlements, and cherry-picks data to support his claims.

The current Hobsons Bay EBA nominally expires in under 3 weeks.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Luke Cherry | 0417 472 497 | lcherry@asuvictas.com.au

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