HBCC CEO Aaron Van Egmond has made no move toward reconciling the anger of his staff over their treatment in 2019 and is instead doubling down on attacks against his own workforce with sacrosanct principles like OHS being discarded to try and make life uncomfortable for workers taking protected industrial action.

After absurdly requesting that we lift our bans in good faith in the same letter that threatened workers with an indefinite unpaid lockout two weeks before Christmas if some of them didn’t pick up seaweed from a beach, the ASU has now written to Mr Van Egmond advising him of four new bans coming into effect in December.

It can get confusing to keep track of work bans so the ASU has put together three documents that outline which bans are in place from when in three different areas of Council:

It may be helpful to put these up in your workplace and make sure everyone knows what bans union members will be taking part in.

It promises to be a long hot summer in Melbourne, but particularly in Hobsons Bay as we continue to fight against oppressive and nasty executives who are overseeing a culture so toxic they won’t conduct a staff opinion survey because they know the kinds of things you’ll tell them.

We at the ASU office hope you can all get some respite over the break, encourage you all to support and look after one another, keep implementing work bans and taking the opportunity to show how angry you are at this treatment, and we’ll keep fighting to make sure 2020 is a better year for staff at Hobsons Bay City Council than 2019 was.

Remember to ask a non-union-member to join and support the workers who are fighting for a better workplace for everyone!

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Luke Cherry | 0417 472 497 | lcherry@asuvictas.com.au

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