Meal break during overtime
After months of negotiations and hearings at the Fair Work Commission, Menzies have finally written to staff to confirm they will provide time in lieu for those who weren’t previously provided with a meal break during overtime shifts. This position was agreed to between the ASU and Menzies, and recommended by the FWC, to resolve a long standing dispute between your union and company. The ASU understands that eligible staff have now received notice from Menzies with the amounts of time in lieu (TIL) owed to them.
As agreed at the Fair Work Commission, members will be able to access the TIL owed to them over the next 3 years. Should individuals make reasonable attempts to use their TIL during this time, or leave the business within the 3 year period, they will be paid out the remaining balance. Full details will be provided to staff in a deed of release along with the calculations for individual TIL balances.
The ASU believes this is a positive outcome for those staff affected by this error and we are pleased that the matter has been resolved after an already lengthy process. We have always said it isn’t in anyone’s interest to drag this case through expensive and lengthy legal channels which have no guaranteed outcome.
If you have any questions regarding this process please don’t hesitate to contact your local ASU delegates or ASU organiser, Imogen Sturni, at firstname.lastname@example.org
EBA discussions continue
Our next EBA meeting has been scheduled for this Friday the 11th of August in Sydney. We believe Menzies will be formally providing their position at this week’s meeting, with the possibility of a ‘B grade’ scale (ie. lower rates of pay) being included in the company’s claims.
Keep an eye out for further updates after Friday’s meeting as well as some informal members meetings over the coming weeks.