Your ASU Organiser and Delegates met with management yesterday to formally kick off bargaining for a new Enterprise Agreement.

The ASU’s position determined at our last members’ meeting is that we want to see the City of Melbourne Enterprise Agreement outcome reflected in the QVM agreement. Specifically, the City of Melbourne secured wages increases, with back pay for the past two years and conditions improvements to parental leave and volunteer leave.

Management has advised us that they will match the pay rises in the City of Melbourne Enterprise Agreement. They are 1.5% back paid to 2019, 1.5% back paid to 2020, 1.5% in 2021, 1.5% in 2022, 2% in 2023 and 2% in 2024.

Management at this stage is not prepared to match the parental leave and volunteer leave improvements.

The ASU has argued that the current parental leave provisions are outdated and out of step with the City of Melbourne, which provides 20 weeks parental leave to both primary carer and secondary carer. QVM management is reconsidering their position on this and will come back to us.

We know that members are eager to reach agreement about a new EA and secure back pay. Once we have a confirmed offer from management that addresses the outstanding issue of parental leave, we will organise a members’ meeting to vote on whether to accept the management offer. This is expected to take place in the next couple of weeks.

For further information please contact: Your ASU Delegates or
ASU Organiser Zoe Edwards |

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