The City of Melbourne has agreed to meet with the ASU and other Unions back at the bargaining table on 15 June.

This win has come about as a result of ASU members’ collective action. On your instructions from the members meeting on 19 May, we filed a protected action ballot application in the Fair Work Commission. The City of Melbourne opposed that application.

Over the last week, the ASU has engaged with the City of Melbourne to try to secure agreement for a further negotiation meeting. At our last meeting ASU members told us they wanted to give City of Melbourne the opportunity to put a fair wage offer on the table, prior to taking industrial action.

In a conference with the Fair Work Commission this morning, they have finally agreed to meet and to put a wage offer on the table at that meeting.

We are optimistic that the 15 June meeting will achieve progress towards an outcome, or at least clarify our respective positions.

In 2020, we reached an in-principle agreement with the City of Melbourne but this agreement was then retracted by Council. The Council knows where the ASU stands and what we are seeking in these negotiations. We will not budge from members’ position. If this meeting fails to achieve agreement, then we have the option to re-lodge the application for protected industrial action and pursue that course of action.

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