The ASU has written to HBCC CEO Aaron Van Egmond to raise serious concerns on behalf of staff about the damage Council Director Andrew McLeod has done in his short time overseeing EBA negotiations, resulting in a breakdown of meetings leading to widespread work bans being implemented by Unions.
The most recent example involved a completely new and disadvantageous method of implementing pay increases that undermines attempts coming from a recent Fair Work Commission conference to see work bans lifted across council while the parties worked in good faith to reach agreement.
What Mr McLeod’s bulletin outlines are a series of pay increases that skips an entire year, resulting in a total increase of 8% over the five financial years from 2019/20 to 2023/24, meaning an average increase of just 1.6% per annum; less than previous offers which were unanimously rejected by ASU members.
In a series of meetings on Tuesday 28 January ASU members expressed in no uncertain terms how sick and tired they are of the continuous bad faith shown by Mr McLeod.
As a result, all three meetings unanimously passed resolutions written and voted on by ASU members to keep all work bans in place across Council and called on members who may have been holding off implementing bans to ‘escalate the application of work bans’ to make it clear they will not put up with bad faith and bullying from Council officers.
We hope the CEO will break his silence, intervene directly to end the bad faith approach that we are all sick of seeing and restore a little of the faith staff once had in the leadership of their Council.
For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Luke Cherry | 0417 472 497 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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