TAFE & Adult Provision Disability negotiations update

  • By Shane Wright
  • This article was published more than 2 years ago.
  • 10 Jul 2022

Nadrasca agreement 

An agreement was reached with Nadrasca after the threat of industrial action brought management back to the negotiating table.

However, since reaching agreement, Nadrasca has suggested significant changes to agreed clauses. The AEU wants to ensure that members receive the pay and conditions agreed in May 2022. AEU organisers met with members on 9 June and will formally write to Nadrasca management seeking resolution.

Araluen agreement 

The AEU has formally advised the Fair Work Commission of our opposition to the approval of the proposed Araluen Enterprise Agreement 2021. While the AEU supports the idea of multi-enterprise and worker agreements, the inclusion of workers from different areas within disability services reduces our members’ leave entitlements without increasing leave provisions for residential and support workers.

The majority of our members voted against Araluen’s proposed non-union agreement.

Our members in day services deserve entitlements and conditions reflective of the valuable work they do. The current leave provisions – six weeks annual leave and 15 days personal leave – are necessary to maintaining staff wellbeing.

The majority of our members voted against Araluen’s proposed agreement. However, an employee vote inclusive of non-members resulted in the agreement being submitted to Fair Work.

Since then, further issues have arisen, and the AEU is concerned that Araluen has provided employees with false or misleading information. In particular, the AEU is concerned about clause 34 (Long Service Leave) which makes long service payable after 10 years, when pro rata access is currently available after seven years, including payment of LSL on termination of service.

If the proposed agreement is approved, our members will have reduced LSL entitlements. We will provide further updates when available.

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