When workers rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!
That’s exactly what ASU members, delegates and officials did to knock down YSAS management’s attempts to force members to take annual leave or unpaid leave over the Xmas/NYE period with very little notice.
Workers at Geelong, Fitzroy and Glen Iris Withdrawal Units were told late last week that their sites would be shut for between 12 and 19 days over a period during which they are normally open. As well as providing feedback directly to management, members contacted their delegates and organisers and fought back as a collective.
After a concerted effort by the ASU team, including advising management that their direction appears to be unlawful, yesterday management apologised and conceded that they were wrong. They also committed to notifying all impacted staff that they are not required to take leave over this period, and that they can withdraw any leave application made under duress. Keep an eye on your inbox for that.
So, if you followed the (likely unlawful) direction to put in a leave application and you want to withdraw it, go for it. And if you want/need to keep working over this period, YSAS have now committed to providing you with work.
Geelong staff will be provided with alternate work while the unit is closed, without the need to travel to Melbourne. Fitzroy and Glen Iris staff will be given the opportunity to work from whichever of the sites remains open, or otherwise provided with alternate work.
This is another ASU win at YSAS. Encourage your colleagues to join the ASU today via https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
For further information or to become an ASU Delegate please contact:
ASU Organiser Tim Sullivan | 0475 888 168 | firstname.lastname@example.org