We’re talking dollars! But Menzies won’t give without taking away!
On Tuesday 5th August the ASU and your delegates met with Menzies management to continue discussing changes to your pay and conditions in our bargaining meeting. Menzies has started talking dollars, but we don’t have all the details and they still want you to give up conditions to get the changes you want.
Where are the claims at?
Members have always indicated that there is more to this EBA than a pay rise.
As you might have seen on your notice boards, it turns out Menzies’ ‘log of claims’ is not a log of claims at all! Just a list of ‘cost saving’ or conditions you could give up if you want more than what the company has offered below.
We’ve said before that we don’t agree with the company’s costings of your EBA claims, and we think the cost of providing you respect at work, fairness and transparency and a better work life balance is worth every dollar! We think you shouldn’t have to give up your overtime or shift swaps to get a fair pay rise, better rosters and access to annual leave, and transparency around training and promotions!
3 potential, but partial deals
Menzies have offered Sydney and Melbourne:
- A three year deal: 2% per year with back pay from 1st April 2014, but no other changes to the EBA
- A four year deal: 2.5% when approved then 3% in 2015 & 2016 and 3.5% in 2017 but no back pay and no other changes to the EBA ( this could be a minimum of 3 months away, which is at least 7 months of back pay)
- Same pay as deal 2 but the option of trading off your current conditions to achieve the changes to rosters, annual leave, cross training and promotion that you said were important.
For Brisbane Menzies have offered a similar set of deals, except the pay rises are between 1.5% & 2% higher over the life of the agreement.
This is not a first offer…yet. It’s only a partial offer because management has indicated that they want ‘technical changes’ to the EBA.
The devil’s always in the detail!
We don’t know what technical changes will be proposed. Members will need to be vigilant to ensure that “technical changes” don’t end up being actual changes to your pay and conditions! As soon as we have these proposals we’ll be in touch.
Where to from here?
All our claims are still on the table so members will need to decide what we want and what we’re willing to do to get it!
ASU meetings will be held in your workplace in the lunchroom on Monday 11 August and Tuesday 12 August between 10am and 2pm. Matt Norrey and Imogen Sturni from the ASU will be attending with your delegates.