Your ASU Delegate at the Leongatha Depot, Gary Beard, has stood up for members in the Parks crew.

Gary told us that they regularly undertake routine maintenance and running repairs and asked us to check how the Maintenance Allowance operates.

Gary believed that you, his workmates, hold and use skills in maintenance and repairs so the right thing to do was for your employer to recognise that. We reviewed your enterprise agreement clause and it was clear that Parks workers ought to be recognised and rewarded.

ASU Organiser, Cindy O’Connor, wrote to your employer and advocated for this payment to be fixed.

Initially, our claim was met with some tough questions but an opportunity to make a business case was there. We had to argue your case with exact details and clear examples. Your employer then agreed to meet with us.

ASU Assistant Secretary, Melissa Wainwright, and ASU Branch Executive President, Billy King, worked with our legal team to draft a document called a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU).

We then met with Shire managers to negotiate that no -one was left behind, especially part-timers, and to ensure you also received your backpay.  Through this, we achieved an in-principle agreement, which formed the exact wording for the MOU. This has now been signed, making it enforceable, to ensure that Parks members receive their money.

Congratulations to our members who now have the allowance with back pay.

We are so proud of what we can achieve when we stick together.

ASU Assistant Secretary Melissa Wainwright summed it up: ‘Gary and his workmates work hard, they really deserve this.’

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Cindy O’Connor | 0417 551 124 |

P.S. By encouraging your workmates to join the ASU we will have a stronger voice for workers. It is easy for anyone who is not yet a member to join online at


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