The ASU has had numerous discussions and email exchanges with Hobsons Bay City Council HR and management over the past weeks and months in relation to the transition of staff to Uniting AgeWell, both in regard to broad and individual circumstances.
On Wednesday 28 May the Federal Court handed down a decision in relation to staff at Maribyrnong City Council facing similar circumstances. In the opinion of the Federal Court those staff will be entitled to a redundancy payment regardless of whether they accept an offer with Uniting AgeWell or not.
It is important to note that the provisions in the Hobsons Bay City Council Enterprise Agreement do not provide the same entitlements for staff who accept a role at Uniting AgeWell.
However, the outcome of that case is relevant for staff who have not accepted an offer with the new provider and are subsequently made redundant.
The ASU is already taking early steps towards pursuing the redundancy pay entitlements of members who have not accepted offers from HBCC.
For those who have accepted an offer and will be transitioning on 1 July 2019, remember that the ASU can continue to represent you, and your membership of the Union will follow you to the new employer, however if you are currently on payroll deductions you will need to change this. Contact the ASU on 1300 855 570 to update your details.
If you are an ASU member and will not be accepting a job offer from Uniting AgeWell, make sure you contact the ASU (if you haven’t already) to discuss your rights and how to enforce them.
For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Luke Cherry | 0417 472 497 | firstname.lastname@example.org