The ASU met with Yarra Ranges management last week to represent the members interests in enterprise bargaining.

Incremental progress has been made on issues like secure employment and preference to ongoing employment over casual of temporary appointments.

We’ve seen some agreed changes to consultation, home carers guaranteed hours, and the consolidation of the agreement Parts A and B in the future.

The ASU is conscious that negotiations have been ongoing for some time. The ASU believes negotiations have gone as far as they can and understands that Management intend to put the agreement to a vote in a matter of weeks.

Until we see what Management intend to put to a vote we cannot provide a recommendation to members on how to vote. We have requested that a draft be made available as a matter of urgency.

In the last meeting, ASU put to management the members determination to see a minimum increase of $35 per week or the offered wage increases of 2.25 % backdated to Oct 2018, 2.5% from this October, and 2% or the rate cap in 2020 whichever is greater, this claim supports lower paid workers with cost of living pressures. It was also an attribute of the existing Enterprise Agreement.

Regarding transfer of business clauses, the changes that Management have proposed now reflect a common and accepted term in local government agreements, while our preference is to retain the existing clause, the one now proposed is not disadvantageous.

ASU has organised the distribution of a petition as a way to demonstrate the support behind an increased pay offer of $35 per week or the pay increases as offered by Management. It is hoped this will give management pause in proceeding to a vote without Union agreement to the proposed EBA. The Petition will be provided to the CEO next week.

If members have not seen the petition or joined it already, The attached document is the petition as promised, Please encourage non-members to participate as well, as the more support this petition has the better chance we have of effecting the pay offer and current course of events.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Will Wyatt | 0418 320 625 | wwyatt@asuvictas.com.au

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