Your ASU delegates have been informed by a number of members that they have been advised by Council to use their accrued leave entitlements for a number of covid related circumstances. Your ASU delegates have raised this issue with Council.

If you have had to take time off work, unpaid or forced to use your leave, we encourage you to apply for “Pressing Necessity Leave” instead.  If your personal situation meets the requirements of the wording of the clause and you have applied, and have been refused, please let the ASU and your workplace representatives know so we can investigate this and attempt to have your leave reimbursed.

See clause below for reference:

5.17 PRESSING NECESSITY LEAVE
An employee is entitled to access to paid pressing necessity leave of up to a maximum of five (5) days per year.

An employee may request to take leave for a pressing necessity that is not already covered by this agreement. For the purpose of this clause, a pressing necessity is defined as:

  • An emergency situation or circumstance which is unexpected and unplanned, and;
  • Which is of such urgency that it cannot be resolved outside of normal working hours and/or where a delayed response would amplify the situation, and;
  • The impact is such that it would have a serious negative impact on the employee or the employee’s household or family; or
  • A State declared Code Red day resulting in the employee requiring time away from their normal work.

Additional support through EAP will also be offered. Each request for pressing necessity leave will be considered by the relevant Director having regard to the employee’s circumstances and may only be refused upon reasonable grounds.

The ASU, as always, is BY YOUR SIDE. We are only as STRONG as our members!

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