The latest offer from management has been circulated to staff and the various unions at the negotiation table.

This latest wages offer provides for a 2.5% wage increase from 1 October 2019 with increases for years 2020 and 2021 directly linked to the level of the rate increases as determined by the Essential Services Commission. which is an authority external to council.

This offer has some significant defects which are:

  • Too low given capacity to pay – City of Monash have millions upon millions of dollars in cash and cash reserves and in short-term deposits. (i. e. Page 188 of the 2017/2018 Annual Report identifies $36 Million in ‘Cash and Cash Reserves’ and $53 Million in ‘short-term deposits’)
  • the ASU has been seeking a ‘Percentage or Dollar’ increase, whichever is the greater, so that the lower-paid get a fair share of the wages offer. (i.e. 2.5% on $50,000 is an increase $1,250 Per Year/$24.03 Per Week Before Tax while 2.5% on $100,00 is an increase of $2,500 Per Year/$48.07 Per Week Before Tax) This ‘percentage only’ methodology favours the highest-paid and disadvantages the lowest paid.
  • The 2nd and 3rd Year increases are ‘unidentified’ being tied to the rate cap with the amount to be paid to staff determined by an external authority. This is not an agreed position between the City of Monash and the unions at the negotiation table. This is an unknown gamble for employees and doesn’t even include a safety net of a minimum wage increase in 2020 and 2021.

Yesterday ASU Union Officials and ASU Delegates met to discuss this latest offer and, based on the above reasons, this was unanimously rejected.

Please note that ASU Delegates at the negotiation table are as follows:

  • Rob Hands (295 Springvale Road)
  • 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)

Please distribute this newsletter to your work mates and colleagues

MORE INFO: contact your local ASU Delegate, Organiser David Nunns on 0418 856 495 or contact the ASU Contact Centre directly on 1300 855 570.

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