Kingston’s enterprise agreement has been accepted by a majority of employees and will now proceed to the Fair Work Commission for approval.
Despite the disappointing result, thanks are due to every union and staff member that cast a ‘no vote’ as this is the biggest ‘no vote’ in a decade. A total of 313 employees voted against the management proposed agreement indicating an undercurrent of dissatisfaction amongst City of Kingston staff.
Particular thanks go to ASU Delegates Iurgu Urrutia + Alcina Barrett-Kilby (Library Department), Suzanne Hauff + Sally Difford (1230 Nepean Highway), Colleen Gordon + Pam Cameron (AccessCare) and Kate Marshall (Children’s Services) for playing a key role in spreading the word, advocating for the interests of employees, putting forward counter-arguments and counter-proposals and making sure the ASU membership had a strong and united voice at the negotiation table.
The ASU will be on the front foot to ensure that agreement is correctly implemented and that various outstanding matters remain on the agenda (i.e. within band progression for School Crossing Supervisors, re-classification of Library Officers, etc.)
The ASU looks forward to continuing to work with members and delegates at the City of Kingston to build stronger membership and an organised workplace that wins future ballots.
Stronger Together: encourage your workmates and colleagues to join the ASU. If you are not a member It’s easy to join the ASU online.