Bulletin No: 026 Volume: 20 Thursday 6 February 2014
To ALL UFU ESTA MEMBERS
ESTA MANAGEMENT DISRESPECT
URGENT DELEGATES MEETING SCHEDULED
Further to bulletin 16, today ESTA purported to respond to the Union proposal put to ESTA at the first meeting following the no vote.
Members are reminded at this meeting, which occurred on Thursday 23 January, the UFU proposed that it would likely be prepared to endorse an agreement to go to a vote of employees if 3 major issues were resolved to members’ satisfaction:
- Movement to level 4 for Call Takers is not artificially restricted in the EBA (i.e. the MFB/CFA Call Taking issue);
- Removal of ESTA’s unilaterally proposed competency assessment for movement from Level 2 to level 3;
- An increase to the sign on bonus for all employees to $1750.
Since then, the parties have met and had some discussion surrounding point 2 of above and some further potential clauses however, until today, ESTA we unable to make any formal proposal for resolution.
Now, some 2 weeks later ESTA management has chosen to disrecpect its employees by making an offer which we view as a regression (at least in practical terms) from what was offered by ESTA and voted down by their employees in December.
The UFU is shocked that ESTA would act so shamefully in the treatment of its employees.
Not only did ESTA delay in providing a response, their position still lacks details and clarity around key issues such as wages and the sign on bonus.
Obviously the UFU has maintained its position.
The parties will be meeting at the Commission at 8am on Saturday morning to seek to have further discussions.
The UFU is also calling an urgent delegates phone conference tomorrow morning to seek direction on the way forward from here.
We will provide further communications to members tomorrow.
To be clear, the UFU is also still continuing with its ballot for further industrial action in support of your campaign. You will be receiving ballot papers next week.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary