We would like to tell you that our meeting with management about the merger went well, but unfortunately that was far from the case.
HACSU went in wanting to work with MCT through the merger process.
We had robust discussions around their failure to consult with unions (as is required in their enterprise agreement) and when we pressed them about the timeframe for the vote being finalised, all we got from MCT was lots of bumbling around with no proper answers.
When we pressed further, MCT terminated the meeting and we were left looking at each other.
All we can tell you at this stage is that a vote will take place on 24 October and the result will be confirmed at some stage after that.
If the vote succeeds, we will start working with Respect to ensure a smooth transition for MCT staff, and to ensure workers keep all their entitlements. If the vote is a “no”, then we will be back at the bargaining table with MCT to get them to finalise bargaining for a new workplace agreement.
Though we are disappointed by how MCT approached the meeting, MCT staff can be assured that we are working to get all the answers with regards to this potential merger.
If you have any questions, please contact HACSUassist.