On Friday night you would have received a text message from UAW cancelling the vote to cut paid breaks. This cancellation came just as the vote was about to close (Monday at 4pm) and around a month since UAW announced the vote in the first place. This is unprecedented.
We’ve never seen an employer try and put out a vote like this before, and we’ve certainly never seen them then decide to cancel it at the last minute. But more importantly, this is a real insult. Uniting AgeWell have made it clear that they really don’t care about how you voted – they just want to keep opening new votes until they get the result they want.
Instead of abiding by the outcomes determined by the Fair Work Commission, they’ve gone off and decided to make up their own undemocratic rules. All the while, they’ve kept the buy-out offer bribe open and continued to bully staff into signing away breaks with text messages, calls, meetings and intimidating visits from Melbourne big-wigs.
Behaviour like this is unacceptable.
Uniting AgeWell are the second-biggest aged care provider in the state but they act as though the rules don’t apply to them. We are making urgent application to the Fair Work Commission to try and sort out the mess they’ve made. We are also requesting the final vote tally from UAW.
We have a sneaking suspicion, given all these underhanded tactics and Tassie visits from the bosses this week, that the voting numbers weren’t exactly going their way. Private vote providers are usually able to give running totals on how votes are faring so you have to wonder what kind of numbers they might have been seeing…
Keep an eye out for updates – but in the meantime, keep up the good work and keep standing together.