I-MED have opted to stop bargaining with members around the new staff agreement, which we understand given these uncertain times, but some employers have sought to make changes to workplace agreements based on current conditions so we have concerns that I-MED might be tempted to put out a new agreement in an unfair way.
The federal government changed the regulations and reduced the voting access period from a minimum seven days to just 24 hours, though employers can give more time if they choose to.
This means, for example, an employer could propose an agreement on a Friday and have the voting finish on the Monday, which would prevent members from being able to discuss it with us or give reasonable to time to assess the changes and how they might impact them.
Please be on the lookout for this type of action as we may not be aware of it until it's too late to get information to members.
We strongly recommend members vote NO and encourage their colleagues to vote NO to any proposed agreement distributed with less than the full seven-day access period.
If any employer provides less time than what was the norm, it’s likely to be for underhanded reasons.
Contact us with any concerns or questions.