The ASU has been pursuing MPSC management for answers to a number of questions about the proposed new partnership model. Late last year Councillors made a behind closed doors decision to pursue a partnership model with another agency.
The ASU has many questions about the model. We have been seeking information over the last 8 weeks to enable us to have effective discussions with the MPSC home care workforce about the impact of this decision on your future income, employment security and rights.
ASU members have consultation rights that require employers to hold discussions and information to assist ASU members. The ASU has written to Council on two occasions, called and met with management on two occasions, most recently on Tuesday 25 February.
However, the information we need has still not been provided. The ASU wants information that provides certainty about the length of employment likely for existing employees.
It is clear to the ASU that the proposal does not provide employees with any immediate access to redundancies or the capacity to transfer from their current role to the new provider. We remain concerned about the loss of Council jobs and conditions for the existing and future workforce.
The ASU took part in several meetings with MPSC management last year and was disappointed when we learnt of Council’s decision which occurred without consultation with your union representatives.
The ASU is hopeful that information will be made available by close of business today, but we have reserved the right to seek discussion in the Fair Work Commission if necessary.
The ASU has gained agreement to hold paid meetings with Home Care staff and will provide you with details soon. We look forward to discussing these issues and learning more about your perspective.
The ASU protects, promotes and improves the working conditions and entitlements of our members.
For further information please contact ASU Organiser Darren Dwyer on 0427 610 148.