The ASU has once again requested that a hearing be held at the Fair Work Commission in an attempt to resolve the back pay claim for meal breaks during overtime.
Unfortunately, after a series of meetings and discussions with the company, Menzies has failed to put forward an adequate offer which recognises the entitlements of current and previous Menzies employees. We’re saying enough is enough. It’s time for Menzies to stop looking for ways to avoid complying with your EBA and consider a serious proposal to settle the claim.
Our position is clear
The ASU is firmly of the opinion that employees are entitled to a paid meal break during overtime shifts and will continue to pursue the matter on behalf of our members. We believe that this position is only strengthened by the fact that since formally raising the issue Menzies have continued to provide staff with a paid meal break when working overtime. We have since confirmed that Menzies staff in Sydney are also provided with a paid meal break during overtime shifts.
We have made numerous attempts to try and settle this claim through a negotiated outcome rather than lodging proceedings against Menzies through the legal system. This process could be extremely costly for the company, adding to the existing cost of company advisors, and drag out the process even further.
Where to next
Your ASU representatives are scheduled to attend the Fair Work Commission on Tuesday the 28th of March. We will continue to reiterate to the company that we’re prepared to try and resolve this matter by negotiating a fair outcome for Menzies staff. This being said, the ASU will ensure that our members get what they are entitled to and will issue formal proceedings in Court if Menzies fail to amicably resolve this matter within a reasonable timeframe.
We would like to thank all of our members for their patience throughout this process. Keep an eye out for future bulletins as we will provide an update as any new information becomes available.
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