The ASU met with members on Wednesday 21 April where serious concerns regarding working conditions were raised. The ASU met with and wrote to Council outlining the below;
- Replacement of staff
- Clarification if Council has client/staff ratio?
- Lodging of incident reports- where or how regarding non-client related issues.
- Members are not getting their breaks when they are due and are feeling pressured to continue to work through and have them hours later if at all.
- Members are concerned that no one is checking on them to make sure they are ok when short-staffed.
- Some members are coming into work earlier than they should at their own initiative because they are unable to do all their work within the hours, they are engaged due to being short-staffed.
- Lack of communication causing a lot of stress and confusion. No team meetings are occurring.
- Members have had no manual handling training for quite some time.
- Members informed me that several people had written and signed a letter that was sent to the CEO about these concerns.
- Members have been following up with their manager about some of the concerns, but they are not feeling like anyone is listening or taking action.
- Members are feeling burnt out and issues are not addressed it may cause a serious incident/injury or possible Workcover claims lodged.
Council advised they are investigating concerns and working on a plan. They have made a commitment to arrange a meeting to resolve concerns together.
Stay tuned for an update on meeting dates once proposed.
By encouraging your workmates to join the ASU we will have a stronger voice for workers at Glen Eira City Council. It is easy for anyone who is not yet a member to join online at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
For further information or to become a Delegate please contact:
ASU Organiser Emma Bagg | firstname.lastname@example.org