Urgent Update – Mater AO Bargaining AOs to vote NO to cuts

Posted on June 4, 2015

On Tuesday it was made very clear to Mater Management that you will not accept an unfair agreement that will see you  lose your hard won conditions and a wage increase that does not keep pace with the cost of living.

Mater management said that they would take your concerns on board but clearly they have ignored them again. They are issuing the same unfair offer but have corrected some minor typographical errors in the document which we had pointed out. This is not good enough. It doesn’t change why you were voting no and why you still should.

Mater management have again decided to walk away from talks with administrative staff and will again put a deal out that will cut your wages and conditions out to a ballot.

So where to from here?
In the coming days there will be an announcement about a ballot schedule from Mater management.

Together members have already resolved that losing important working conditions is not good enough. It is not respecting the vital work you do here at the Mater or trying to keep this as a great workplace.

Together members resolved to VOTE NO in the ballot.
Mater can and should do better. They should show you consideration and respect.

Right now you need to let Mater management know how you feel about their proposal to cut your rights and pay you less over time.

You can let Mater know in four easy ways that deal is not good enough with the rest of your colleagues.

  1. Continue to encourage other staff to join your union so that they are also well informed and that you are able to stand up together with your colleagues to win a better deal.
  2. Continue to Talk about why you are voting NO with your colleagues and show your support by wearing a sticker saying “NO” so that we can have a clear message across MHS. Tell us your reasons as to why the current agreement is not good enough by emailing mater@together.org.au
  3. Continue to assist with sharing information in your work area and let us know if you are able to assist by emailing mater@together.org.au to let us know.
  4. Make sure you vote – and vote NO.  Don’t take it for granted that everyone else is going to vote, make sure that you make your voice heard and vote.

If Mater really valued you then their offer to you would not strip away conditions that you currently enjoy and take away your job security.  If Mater really values you they would not be offering you a bonus but adding that into your wage increase so that it keeps pace with the cost of living.  If the Mater really valued you they would recognise collective bargaining and not force Administrative officers onto individual contracts.

For these reasons and a lot more, members like you are voting NO.

If you have any questions please get in touch with your delegates or Together office staff at health@together.org.au or mater@together.org.au

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