Georgina – Martina and VCOSS have recently renegotiated their Enterprise Agreements. Both agencies have improved on good agreements through the collective efforts of members and strong leadership.

Georgina – Martina ASU delegate Kerry Davies led negotiations to achieve the following positive outcomes.

Best outcomes

  • Negotiated up the paid parental leave to 14 weeks.
  • Negotiated up the yearly pay rise from 2.5% to 3%
  • Negotiated an extra 0.5% superannuation above super guarantee
  • Strengthened conditions for job security and redundancy

Kerry attributes her success to the high engagement of staff meetings about the EBA where there was plenty of ideas and strong discussion.

As a workplace union leader, Kerry was acknowledged across the organization for her work.

At VCOSS where no current delegate was in place, the process took a different course. Members regularly met after every negotiation for a report and to input the next steps. Their strong commitment led them to be integral to the process, while not being at the negotiations themselves.

Through their active engagement, consultation and discussions with members and co-workers, ASU members succeeded in achieving a significantly improved agreement in record time. In less than 8 weeks of bargaining, an in-principle agreement was reached that provides;

  • Good Pay outcomes – 3% back pay, 2.25% 1 July 2021, 2.25% 1 July 2022 and 2.25% 1 July 2023.
  • Improved employment security – limitations on fixed-term roles with an emphasis on securing permanent work.
  • Improved Higher Duties payments to give greater access.
  • A small improvement in Parental Leave shifting weeks available for the primary carer from 13 – 14 weeks leave.

ASU members at these small agencies demonstrated that with strong member support and a collective approach good outcomes can be achieved.

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