Nillumbik Shire Council will decide whether kerbside waste collections services will be ‘market tested’ and go to tender in their ordinary meeting this Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 7:30pm.

The agenda for this meeting recommends that Council authorise the CEO to commence preparation of a contract, and embark on a tender process for kerbside waste collection. Should a tender be successful 14 employees may lose jobs and their conditions will be at risk. No ASU members canvassed by the ASU want to see this service outsourced. Council have propose that outsourcing could save Council as much as $300,000 the ASU says that this claim is bogus.

In consultations with Lisa Pittle, Manager Environment, ASU organisers and delegates sought the reviews, and reports or analysis that would be used to inform council decision making, after being assured this would be made public; Nillumbik has now refused, and even designated this information as confidential. The secretive nature of this process is not consistent with a fair and consultative process.

The ASU have written to the CEO, and initiated a dispute with Nillumbik Shire Council, the dispute resolution procedure requires the Status Quo be maintained during a dispute, so the Union has also requested the CEO withdraw this item from Councils agenda, until meaningful consultation occurs with the union and affected employees.

Your ASU Organiser Will Wyatt will be at the council meeting, where questions about the process will be asked. All ASU members are encouraged to attend, to show support for your beleaguered colleagues. Please meet outside Council chambers from 7.00pm.

Please contact ASU Organiser Will Wyatt on 0418 320 625 for more information about this matter.

When union members are under attack, what do we do? Stand up and fight back!

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