Council is not bargaining in good faith. They have made changes to their wages offer and other EA conditions and are refusing to negotiate those changes with the ASU and other bargaining representatives.
We also remain in dispute in relation to a significant number of matters including:
- The pay increase – we want 2.5% or $45 Per Week and Council are only offering a percentage increases (2.5% in the 1st Year)
- End of Band Recognition
- Paid Pre-Natal Leave
- Redundancy Payments
Council claim that they can’t give you a better pay increase yet according to the 2017/2018 Annual Report (page 188) they have $36 Million in ‘Cash and Cash Reserves’ and $53 Million in ‘short-term deposits’. We want a flat-rate/percentage split to help low-paid workers in the lower bands who are clearly disadvantaged by a percentage-only wage increase. You can download the document explaining this position here.
Council is required by the Fair Work Act to discuss any proposals with the ASU and other bargaining representatives, which they have clearly failed to do. As a result, we have lodged a bargaining dispute in the Fair Work Commission which is scheduled for 10 AM this Friday.
For more information please contact ASU Delegates Patricia Donohue (Home Care Department) Lilian O’Connor (Monash Libraries) Maureen Bryant (Home Care Department) Mark Evans (Notting Hill Depot) Warren Marsden-Sayce (Notting Hill Depot) Robert Ridgewell (Notting Hill Depot) Luke Collins (Bushland crew) or call the ASU Member Contact Centre 1300 855 570.
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For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser David Nunns | 0418 856 495 | firstname.lastname@example.org