Australian Services Union Private Sector branch members at the RACV call centre applied the brakes today in a 4 hour stop work rally for better pay and conditions.
The morning shift walked off the job at 8am with a rally held at 10am. Hundreds of union members and delegates turned out to the Noble Park complex in a show of solidarity.
RACV management has offered call centre workers a 2.5 per cent pay increase as well as asking staff to work an extra 100 minutes per week and drastically reduce their redundancy benefits – at the same time approving an 11 per cent pay rise for Directors.
ASU Private Sector Branch Secretary Ingrid Stitt said that members were fed up with the second rate offer from management.
“RACV call centre staff are the backbone of the company – and yet they are asking staff to accept such a measly offer,” Ingrid said.
“We hope today’s rally sent a clear message. RACV management can’t expect their hardworking staff to accept such a measly offer on wages and conditions when they are paying themselves an 11% increase.
“RACV call centre staff are seeking the protection of their conditions and benefits in their EBA and a fair pay increase, to make ends meet.
“As RACV Directors increase their own remuneration to $2 million per year, an 11% increase on last year, and yet only offer their staff a below inflation rate of 2.5% – the double standard is sickening,” Ingrid said.