Next week the City of Kingston employee vote on a proposed Enterprise Agreement commences. This ‘Agreement’ proposes a significant reduction in conditions of employment. Management are endeavouring to remove entitlements to overtime payments by increasing the ‘spread of hours’ from 7 am to midnight seven days a week (this includes Saturday and Sunday nights) for arts and culture employees.

ASU members call on all staff to support Arts and Culture employees and VOTE NO when voting starts next week.

Oppose this longer ‘spread of hours’ at ordinary time rates as it will significantly cut the wages of low paid and insecure workers. If successful it places all employees overtime at risk at Kingston and across Local Government.

Union members uphold the principle of overtime won long ago. Working extended hours or unsociable hours should attract higher rates of pay. Employees who work until midnight, especially on the weekend, need to be paid a higher rate of pay to compensate for the imposition of these shifts on their ‘work/life/family balance’.

City of Kingston has millions of dollars in cash and cash reserves and do not need reduce the take home pay of low income workers.

Make no mistake when employers are successful in reducing pay in one area they will seek to do so in other areas of their business.

Print or forward this newsletter to your work team. Ensure it is available in your team room and all noticeboards.

Encourage all staff to VOTE NO next week.

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.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser David Nunns | 0418 856 495 | dnunns@asuvictas.com.au

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