Bulletin No: 001 Volume: 20 Tuesday 7 January 2014
To ALL UFU ESTA MEMBERS
ESTA EBA VOTING UPDATE
As members should all be aware, this week you will receive a ballot paper from the Australian Electoral Commission to vote on ESTA’s proposed Enterprise Agreement.
If you have not yet received a ballot paper we suggest that you contact the AEC immediately.
Voting closes on Tuesday 14 January and it is imperative that you return your ballot paper to the AEC prior to this date for your vote to count. Only valid, returned ballot papers will be counted meaning if you do not return your ballot, your vote will not count.
ESTA only need 50% + 1 of the returned votes to be a yes vote and, subject to registration by the Fair Work Commission, the proposed Enterprise Agreement will apply.
The UFU reiterates that we do not believe voting yes to this proposed ESTA Agreement is in your best interests. This was not an Agreement reached between ESTA and the Unions and none of the Union bargaining representatives have endorsed the Agreement.
As stated in previous bulletins the UFU is extremely concerned that if this proposed ESTA Agreement was to come into operation call takers would have their career progression through to level 4 effectively cut off.
Further, employees may not be aware but progression to level 3 would also be limited as ESTA, in their proposed Enterprise Agreement, have made it “subject to a successful completion of a relevant competency assessment”.
This was not a proposal agreed to by the Unions and should be of serious concern to employees given the vague wording of the clause.
If the proposed ESTA Agreement receives a no vote protected industrial action can continue and escalate and negotiations between the parties will continue in order to seek final resolution.
If members have any queries please do not hesitate to contact your local delegate or UFU industrial Officer Rini Krouskos on 9419 8811.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary