The ASU was in the FWC for a second time today in an attempt to resolve the dispute in relation to employees not receiving a paid meal break when working overtime.
At today’s hearing the company was supposed to come back to the table with an offer to attempt to settle the matter with the ASU.
Menzies marking time.
Unfortunately it would appear that Menzies have used the two week period between proceedings in an attempt to find a way out of what we say are its obligations to provide employees with a paid meal break.
Instead of looking for tricky ways around having to comply with the provisions of your EBA, Menzies should spend some time coming up with a proposal to settle the claim the ASU has made on behalf of members of the union.
We’re prepared to negotiate.
Whilst the ASU believes that we are on pretty solid ground with our claims we have always been prepared to try and resolve this matter in the most sensible way possible, that being with a negotiated fair outcome rather than lodging proceedings against Menzies through the legal system which will be extremely costly for the company and would drag on for many months to come!
Menzies offer doesn’t come close!
After the company put its unique view forward on how they’ve tried to reinterpret long standing EBA and Award provisions they did in fact put forward an offer to settle the dispute. Unfortunately the offer was extremely lacking and the Union has rejected it.
Where to next?
The company has been given some additional time to come back with an offer substantially better than the one put forward today and to base it on some factual data of what people have worked and may be owed rather than their best guess.
The ASU has said that it is more than happy to meet with the company in-between the next FWC hearing to see if we can get closer before the next scheduled date of 13 October.
Menzies should not push us too far!
The ASU has made it very clear to Menzies that we will issue formal proceedings in Court if they fail to amicably resolve this matter within a reasonable timeframe.
Rest assured that the ASU will continue to vigorously pursue this matter on behalf of our members to ensure that our members get what they are entitled to.
ASU will only settle for Union members , Non-members will be on their own!
The ASU will only be making a claim and acting for members of the Union in relation to this matter. Unlike an EBA that applies to all staff, legal action to recover unpaid wages and entitlements is only available to union members.
If you’re not in the Union it’s time to get on board!
- Joining online at www.asuvic.org
- Fill form out (on rear) and return to Brett or Nicole.
- Scan a completed form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org