Bargaining - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

Posted March 10, 2012 by Alex Scott

Your bargaining representatives and union officials met with Blue Care/Wesley Mission Brisbane on Wednesday 7 March.  Below you will find out about some of the discussions held, you will find some good, some bad and some downright ugly.

Along with union officers, your delegate at this meeting was Shane Daly, Blue Care Caloundra.  Other delegates that are attending are Cecilia Condratoff, Springwood and Kathy Josey, Kenmore.

Also present were representatives from United Voice and the Australian Workers Union.


The Good?

Together union delegates and officials have been out talking to Blue Care/WMB workers about the log of claims put forward by union members and about the counterclaims put forward by Blue Care/WMB.

More and more Blue Care/WMB workers are coming Together and joining their union in support of the member’s claims and to defend against management’s attempt to reduce conditions across the Blue Care and Wesley Mission Brisbane organization.

This growth has allowed your bargaining reps to put a much stronger case to Blue Care/WMB and has already resulted in some small wins.  More strength is needed!


The Bad?

Blue Care / Wesley Mission Brisbane continue to attempt to reduce, cap and change existing entitlements.  Blue Care / WMB’s position is to only comply with the minimum requirements under the modern awards and the National Employment Standards.  These are the basic conditions of employment and do not reflect the working arrangements you have at Blue Care/WMB.


The Ugly!

Will you accept:-

  • Ongoing workload stress?
  • A longer work fortnight?
  • Reduced Days Off?
  • Foregoing a pay increase due to an extended bargaining term?
  • Loss of your sick leave payout?
  • Minimum conditions of the Modern Awards and NES?
  • Being forced to work a longer work day?
  • Requirement to provide a doctors certificate for single day absences before or after your rostered days off?


What can you do?

  • Get involved in the campaign in your workplace for improvements in your conditions.
  • Talk to your colleagues who aren’t members of their union as they don’t receive these communications. 
  • Also ask them to join your union.
  • Email to find out more and to let your representatives know which of these issues are of most concern to you.

Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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