Corrections Update: Get ready for Protected Action

Posted on April 11, 2016

In the past weeks, your delegates have been reporting back on the progress of the negotiations for your next Collective Agreement. While these negotiations have certainly progressed better than those under the last Government, we are getting to the pointy end of discussions.

That’s why delegates have made the decision to get ready for protected action but, as per last week’s email, in order to do that we first have to be successful in protected action ballots.

The timetable for these ballots have now been set and is set out below:

The ballot will open on Friday, 22 April 2016. Completed ballot papers must be returned to the Commission by the ballot closing time of midday on Friday, 6 May 2016.

Only ballot papers received by the Returning Officer by this time will be counted. If you receive a ballot it is vital you return it in the pre-paid envelope that will be supplied.

The protected action ballot process was set up by the previous government to make it harder to take action – not easier.

In order for a ballot to be successful over 50% of the ballots sent out have to be returned – this is a really high return rate – much higher than the average return rate for voting on actual Certified Agreements.

And the reason the threshold is so high is to try and make ballots fail – it's up to every single member to make sure our ballots don’t!

Every ballot that is forgotten, doesn't get it in the post in time or is lost by Australia Post is one more ballot that doesn’t get to the ECQ.

And remember, in order for CCOs to take action once the ballots get up they need to be a member – talk to your colleagues about joining.

They can join up and well as get information on the progress of negotiations here.

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