All the way through bargaining Emirates has taken a hard-line on all proposals put forward by employee representatives.
From mid-2016, the ASU has tried to renegotiate the 2014 Agreement with Management on behalf of ASU members. In consultation with you and other bargaining reps, we put a comprehensive list of claims to Emirates. Emirates’ was required to give genuine consideration to all your proposals. They must also give reasons for their responses.
While the company met regularly with ASU and other bargaining reps, they refused to accept the majority of your claims – many of which would improve the workplace, productivity and have no or limited monetary impact on the cost of business at Emirates – with very little in the way of coherent explanation for their refusals.
During bargaining meetings we felt that Emirates’ Management dealt dismissively with concerns raised by the whole group and did not genuinely negotiate. They were merely waiting for your reps to lose interest and tire of talking to a brick wall.
It’s fair that your Agreement be clear
After a trip to Dubai, the HR Manager came back with a plan to put a Proposed Agreement out to a vote by a date that was important only to him. The need to go to a vote so quickly still remains a mystery to us.
Against better judgement Emirates put a dodgy Agreement out to a vote. We advised employees that the decision was yours but a number of anomalies in the drafting of Proposed Agreement should be dealt with before accepting the offer.
The Proposed Agreement also cut conditions and didn’t deliver on a fair and reasonable pay offer.
Tell us why you voted ‘No!’
By 26 June, the Proposed Agreement had been voted down by a good majority.
By voting the Agreement down, staff have lost nothing because nothing was being offered for 2017. This is our chance to get a good Agreement.
We can do this by sticking together. Please answer our short survey and tell us why you voted ‘No!’
You can find a copy of the short survey online here