We had a second bargaining session yesterday after a long wait due to COVID-19.
In a nutshell, Able said, despite the agreement being expired for more than a year, they don't want to bargain but they potentially want to revisit bargaining for the new agreement next year.
We told them that after all the delays, both before and since COVID-19, that’s not acceptable.
We scheduled another meeting in a fortnight as we want to continue to negotiate a better deal for members and we'll be out and about talking to members in the meantime about next steps.
Able said COVID-19 has had a major impact on their financial situation but, sadly, they never mentioned the financial concerns and job security of staff. We know they’ve been hit hard but no other disability organisation has said no to bargaining.
We got a general run down from Peter Batsakis around the financial situation of the organisation, and today we wrote to request a copy so we can send it around.
Remember, the current workplace agreement expired on the 30 June 2019 – which will be 2 years by the time Able decides to revisit bargaining in July 2021. (But hey, that's not so bad seeing as it only took 4 years to get the last one done…)
Anyone who wants more info, please contact us on 1300 880 032.
Remember, a unionised workplace is a strong workplace, so now is the time for everyone to join HACSU to provide protection in this uncertain world.