We wrote to you a couple of weeks ago about the excessive use of Labour Hire at Yarra City Council.

Figures provided by Council late last year show that dozens of labour hire staff have been at Yarra City Council for months and some for over two years.

Excessive use of labour hire undermines ASU members. There is no obligation for them to be paid on the same rates and conditions as you, so they can be a cheaper option.  If you take industrial action during enterprise agreement negotiations, they can’t legally support you and can be used to break work bans.

Labour hire workers have no job security and generally no access to unfair dismissal remedies. As a result, they are less likely to raise issues or make complaints which put them at greater risk of harassment, bullying, underpayment and working in unsafe conditions.

What is the ASU doing about excessive labour hire at Yarra?
Since our last newsletter, the ASU has met with the CEO and who has agreed to address this issue by the end of June and provide us with a classification list through the staff consultative committee in April.

Negotiations have just begun for the EBA and we have included in our log of claims that labour/agency hire staff will be employed under the same terms and conditions as YCC employees, that positions filled by labour/agency hire staff for more than 6 months are to be made permanent positions, anytime worked through labour hire/agency will be counted as continuous service and recognised for all leave entitlements such as long service leave.

What can you do?

  • If you are a labour hire worker or have concerns about the use of labour hire – tell us your story here.
  • Forward this to a labour hire worker or non-member and ask them to join the ASU
  • Support your bargaining team in enterprise agreement negotiations and take part in the report back union meetings.

For further information please contact one of your local ASU Delegates or
ASU Organiser Martin McDonald | 0418 513 379 | mmcdonald@asuvictas.com.au

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