The ASU office has been informed by members that Mackillop Family Services intend to hold discussions to seek to terminate one of the enterprise agreements that cover ASU members, the MacKillop Family Services Enterprise Agreement 2003 – 2005.
Mackillop Family Services did not give the ASU the courtesy of notifying their intention to seek to reduce your conditions at work.
Employers like Mackillop Family Services seek to terminate agreements for one reason, to reduce working conditions for their staff.
The biggest issue for ASU members at Mackillop if your employers do terminate your enterprise agreement, is that you will lose the right to have a workplace dispute arbitrated at the Fair Work Commission.
At the moment you have a right to take a dispute to the FWC for them to make a decision that is binding on all of the parties. The award that would become your working conditions if Mackillop Family Services terminate your agreement only allows for “consent” arbitration. This means that Mackillop Family Services would need to agree for a dispute to be taken to the FWC for a binding decision.
No employer has ever given consent to an ASU member for the ASU to take their employer to the FWC for arbitration.
Your working conditions would be unenforceable.
As essential workers who have helped Victorians get through a once in a 100-year global pandemic, you deserve more than an employer who rewards your heroic work by slashing your conditions.
The ASU has spoken with and written to Mackillop Family Services asking them to stop these “consultations” and sit down with the ASU to bargain for a new agreement. We have also spoken with DHHS to express concern.
We will keep you updated on any progress.
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If you have any questions please contact:
ASU Organiser Kristy Lee Tyrrell | 0419 506 310 | firstname.lastname@example.org