On 22 July the ASU National Negotiating team met with management for a further meeting about the new Enterprise Agreement. This bulletin provides a brief overview on where each issue is up to. If you would like further information please get in contact with your local ASU delegate or organiser.
Management respond to ASU claims
At the last meeting, Management responded to ASU claims regarding consultation and domestic violence leave. Management rejected both these claims. This response is very disappointing. The Consultation claim was designed to better assist the ASU to represent you in individual disputes and ensure consultation with the ASU when major change occurs. The Domestic Violence claim was designed to support people experiencing domestic violence by providing paid leave so they can attend appointments such as doctors and Court to obtain intervention orders.
Profit share scheme
Management’s original proposal was to replace the profit share scheme with a gift share scheme. The ASU has strongly opposed this proposal as it will result in a reduction in employee’s take home pay. Management have indicated that they may be willing to compromise on this point and continue the profit share scheme and the gift share scheme. Management will put a detailed proposal at the next meeting.
The ASU has put a number of claims that seek to improve rostering. These include, for example, that days off should be defined (as ‘designated days off) so that people’s days off cannot be swapped with a shift. We have also drafted a clause to allow people to take shift swaps and not return them within the 28 days. Other clauses that were proposed include that employees have one weekend free of duty and that where people are rostered on for 7 consecutive days that they should receive three days off. The ASU is keen to hear your feedback about these clauses. Please contact your local ASU organiser if you have a view about these rostering proposals.
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The next EBA meeting is scheduled for the 12th of August.