Your new EBA is ready for you to vote on and the ASU is strongly recommending that you vote Yes.
After lengthy negotiations your Delegates and the ASU believe that we have delivered the best possible deal that can be achieved under the current circumstances.
We believe this EBA has significant improvements, delivers pay increases, new allowances, future increases to allowances, overtime rates, a night penalty payment as well as many other improvements.
On Monday 25 May a copy of the agreement will be sent to employees and or made available to everyone to access. Once the agreement has been out for the required 7 day period a vote of employees will be conducted.
The ASU strongly recommends voting YES to this EBA.
If everyone votes yes for the agreement it will be certified in the Commission and then everyone will be entitled to approximately a years’ worth of back pay, a 2.5% pay increase and then another pay increase on 1 July this year. That means your wage will increase by 5% virtually straight away and then a third pay increase in a years’ time.
What’s in the agreement?
- Significant improvements to casual and labour hire clauses – intended to be used as supplementary labour only and will be made permanent within a shorter timeframe.
- Part time employees are now guaranteed at least 24 hours per week and there will be no capping of your hours to avoid conversions to full time.
- Replaced 1600 hour clause with a workforce mix review clause that includes the union as well as local consultative committees, better overall consultation provisions.
- Better higher duties provisions, any vacant position has to be advertised and filled within 3 months of it becoming vacant.
- You will also maintain the higher duties rate of pay for leave/sick leave if doing higher duties for 6 months or more.
- Minimum 6 hour shifts for full timers and 4 hours for part timers.
- Rosters to be 4 weeks in advance as well as better consultation around roster development and provisions to discuss issues through the local consultative committee and the Union.
- Minimum 10 hour breaks between shifts and penalty rates applied if 10 hours is not given.
- Ensured the use of stat decs in place of medical certificates.
- Restricted the individual flexibility arrangements and no split shifts.
- Better dispute settlement procedures.
- We also got rid of fortnightly pays and the company withdrew its claim to reduce annual leave to 5 weeks and sick leave to 10 days, and they have agreed to review and improve pay slips.
Pay Increases • 2.5% effective from 1 July 14 • 2.5% 1 July 15 • 2.5% 1 July 16
The new Agreement will expire on 30 June 17
- 10% additional Loading for overtime
- If overtime extends 2 hours beyond (or before) a rostered shift it will attract a 10% loading as well as a meal allowance.
- Overtime to be fairly and equitably distributed
- Maximum 10 hours rostered before a meal allowance is payable and anything beyond 10 hours a meal allowance is payable
- A new meal allowance based on the Award rate (Approx $15)
- 5% loading for all hours between midnight and 4am
- Buddy training allowance of $20
- 30 minute paid break for each 5 hours of work
- No more than 5 hours can be worked without a break
- Cashing out of leave provision for 3 weeks each year.
- Current day workers go from 4 weeks annual leave to 7 weeks leave (3 weeks leave)
How do I vote?
Voting is going to be done electronically this time.
Everyone will have the instructions on how to vote sent to them.
You will be able to vote from any computer that’s connected to the Internet at work or at home. You will also be able to vote using an iPad or smart phone.
You will simply receive a link to a secure site, you will click on the link and you will be asked to enter your name and a couple of other details to identify you and confirm that you’re eligible to vote.
Your vote will be completely confidential, neither the company nor the union will know how individuals have voted, we will only receive the total vote count.
Your name and other details are only used to ensure that you can only submit one vote.
Please make sure that you vote.
If you have any Questions please speak to your delegates or call Matt Norrey from the ASU.
The ASU is strongly recommending that you vote YES.