The ASU has been pushing HBCC leadership to meet with us about finalising the EBA dispute that has been frustrating staff and Council for so long.
For months Mr van Egmond ignored calls to meet, however, he finally contacted the ASU and indicated he would meet with bargaining reps in March.
Unfortunately, the ASU has now received a letter from Mr van Egmond advising that he does not wish to meet with bargaining representatives to resolve the bargaining dispute as they are too busy responding to Covid-19.
We understand how this may frustrate you, as it does us, given we believe with some flexibility from both sides (in light of the current challenges) we would make significant inroads to resolving this 18-month long dispute in even a one-hour online meeting. This has been repeatedly offered to HBCC.
It seems that while attention can be given to sharing recipes and videoing walks along the beach there is no time to try and resolve this dispute.
Regardless of what their preference may be HBCC do not have the right to just walk away from the bargaining table.
We have a number of options.
To ensure we best represent the majority of members the ASU wants to hear from you around which we should exercise.
Once we’ve received your responses, we’ll take the preferred action on behalf of members, and let you know.