Posted on 01-2-2016
As many of you are aware, on Monday 21December 2015, FXA provided what they described as their ‘absolute best offer.’ This occurred without any agreement that the bargaining process was finalised; it was very much a case of “this is it, take it or leave it.”
In our view, the offer:
• Fails to favourably approach our claim;
• Fails to address the Victorian and NSW travel time issues
• Fails to address other matters relating to drop point, work organisation and payment for work done outside hours of duty.
• Fails to allay any concerns over GPS tracking.
• Discriminates badly against new employees.
• Fails to provide a status quo provision as part of the Dispute Settlement Procedure.
• Fails to address consultative committee union representation.
This will also require cooperation between union members and those who choose not to be.
I reiterate at this point that non-union members are welcome to participate in our activities if they do so with a genuine intention of joining.
The union recommends to you all that we undertake a campaign to achieve a vote to reject the proposal, and pursue an agreement that more adequately addresses the legitimate concerns of you all. This campaign will probably include mass meetings, teleconferences, organised communications between employees, communications to FXA customers and some hi-visibility activities outside FXA facilities.
This is a difficult period for everyone in which to organise; which is why FXA have chosen it to put the sub-standard proposal out for a vote. It is, as they say, what it is.
All who have received this notice are welcome to participate.
The obvious questions will be: “Are we able to do any better?” and “will we lose anything?”
The answer is: Stand up; if you don’t fight, you lose.