ASU Members at Merri Outreach Support Service (MOSS) met yesterday to discuss the recent letters received by many members, advising them that they will soon be directed to take Long Service Leave (LSL).
While we understand that a direction to take LSL may be legal in certain circumstances, members are keen to get clarity on several items and to ask for some flexibility on timing. As a result, members collaborated on a list of questions that then went into this email to your CEO this morning.
The CEO provided an initial response advising that most of these items were discussed with Managers yesterday morning to then pass on to their staff. He also confirmed that MOSS wish to provide flexibility.
While the swift reply was appreciated, the ASU has gone back to the CEO to ask for the questions to be answered in writing, to get everyone on the same page. The problem with disseminating information verbally through the organisational structure (as we see it) is that there can be inadvertent miscommunication or misunderstandings as information is passed on. We’re confident that your CEO, or someone he delegates the task to, will take the reasonable step of providing a written response soon, which we’ll pass on to you.
In the meantime, you can find some information here regarding the direction to take LSL, if you’re interested: https://www.vic.gov.au/comprehensive-guide-victorian-long-service-leave-act-2018/taking-long-service-leave#can-an-employer-direct-an-employee-to-take-long-service-leave
If you have colleagues who aren’t in the ASU, you might like to let them know that we’re representing members on this issue and that they can join the ASU at https://asujoin.asn.au/
For further information please contact: Your ASU Delegates Dan and Liam or
ASU Organiser Tim Sullivan | 0475 888 168 | email@example.com