QML Voluntary Leave update & EBA discussions

Posted on May 7, 2020

On Thursday, April 30, an extraordinary meeting was called between your Union, United Workers Union (UWU) and QML.  This was an opportunity to discuss and raise concerns about QML’s dealing with the ‘job security agreements’ and annual leave requests that have been occurring in your workplace. 

QML and a representative from the Healius group agreed that they had not approached the issues in an appropriate way and agreed that no one can be forced to take leave. Whilst the discussion was positive, there were still a number of questions that required responses in writing - you can read the email received from QML here.

At the end of the day you can not be forced, threatened or coerced to take your annual leave. It is completely voluntary!

During this time it is vital that you keep an eye on your workloads and those of the unit or team in which you work. 

If you have any further questions or concerns about this matter I urge you to get in contact straight away by emailing privatesector@together.org.au or by calling your organiser, Keith, on 0449207173. 

Decision to bargain in 2020

On April 23, a discussion took place between your Union, UWU & QML with regards to the prospect of bargaining this year when your agreement expires. QML have stated very clearly that they are in no position to bargain at the moment due to the impact of COVID-19 on the business. This is a direct quote from QML;

 “QML will be happy to bargain when bargaining can take place in good faith, with a known financial position and ability to conduct proper meetings without risk to health and safety. When this is possible, I assure you that QML will contact you and other interested parties to begin a formal process. For now, our priority needs to focus our operational leaders on this crisis, ensuring the job security and business continuity.”

United Workers Union (UWU) have indicated that their members are very keen to get negotiations underway as soon as possible. We will be guided by what members want to do and we will provide that information to QML.

Let us know what you think: 

  • Do you think it’s best to bargain now or wait?
  • Why do you think that? 
  • If bargaining was to begin now what improvements do you want to see? 
  • Will these be achievable in the current climate or with what we are told about QML’s financial situation?
  • Do you have any reservations about bargaining now?
  • Do you have any reservations about bargaining in say 6 – 12 months’ time?

At the end of the day the decision will rest with QML as to whether they will bargain with workers or not. The only way to force an employer’s hand to bargain is by having a strong union. A strong union made up of workers that are prepared to be union and prepared to be active!

Once again if you have any further questions please get in contact by emailing privatesector@together.org.au.

1800 177 244