Last night, Councillors voted up a budget that provides for a wage increase of just 1.15%. But they’ve given themselves a 2.5% increase.
The ASU will continue to fight for a better pay deal.
ASU officials distributed information to Councillors as they arrived for the meeting. We sought to have the budget deferred because Council had failed to provide the ASU with basic information about the budget (more about this below) and because the wage offer is so low.
In addition to the Council meeting, the ASU Negotiating Team attended negotiations with management yesterday. The meeting ended prematurely because management failed to provide us with basic information about the budget. We first requested this information a month ago!
Management hastily cobbled together some answers after the meeting, but critical questions remain outstanding. It raises the question, what are they hiding?
The ASU considers this failure to provide information as a breach of their good faith obligations. We have filed an application in Fair Work for a bargaining order to require the Council hand over the information.
Where to next?
The ASU has sought to constructively engage with the Draft Budget process. We listened, we sought further information, we made a budget submission and appeared at the public hearing. But Council ignored us.
The ASU will continue to genuinely engage in good faith negotiations with management. But we also need to organiseand grow our union, so that we are in a strong position to take protected industrial action, if its required. Now is the time to talk to your co-workers and ask them to join the union. United we stand. Divided we fall!
You can join online here: https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
We’re stronger when we stand together.
Join the ASU today.