The ASU has advised members that one important reason to Vote No is the cap on redundancy payments in the Enterprise Agreement proposed by council.
Your current EA provides uncapped severance payments of 3 weeks of pay, per year of service completed with Moira Shire, along with some other provisions. Or 3.5 weeks pay per year of service, for those with 5 years or more completed service, also uncapped. See Clause 24 of Moira EA No 8.
The proposed EA that council is asking you to vote yes on, caps redundancy payments at 52 weeks of pay. This means staff made redundant at 15 years of service or more with council will be disadvantaged. See examples below.
Under the current EA:
A worker with 17 years of service: 17 years X 3.5 weeks pay = 59.5 weeks severance pay.
A worker with 20 years of service: 20 years X 3.5 weeks pay = 70 weeks severance pay.
Under Moira’s proposed EA:
A worker with 17 years of service: capped payment of 52 weeks severance pay.
A worker with 20 years of service: capped payment of 52 weeks severance pay.
It’s less money in your pocket under this proposal if you’re made redundant. While you also deal with the uncertainty of finding a replacement secure job with decent conditions. You’d also need to build up time with a new employer for long service leave eligibility and other entitlements.
It also means it’s cheaper for council to make longer-serving, loyal staff redundant. Many members have expressed concerns to ASU delegates and officials that this makes them feel vulnerable for themselves or others in their work areas.
We don’t bargain to go backwards, we go forwards.
Staff have shown flexibility and commitment through rough times at Moira, and it’s fair to expect the same commitment back.
VOTE NO to protect your redundancy entitlements and job security at Moira!
For further information please contact:
ASU Lead Organiser Tash Wark | 0418 424 052 | firstname.lastname@example.org