Lockdown and remote learning has had a significant impact on workplaces and staff, resulting in a busy term for the legal team. The AEU has been lobbying the federal government to immediately broaden the eligibility of priority groups for the vaccine to include all education workers.
The legal team has been assisting many members with a broad range of concerns, including disciplinary and performance management processes, VIT conduct and renewal investigations, unfair dismissal, contract of employment advice, underpayments, discrimination law and the intersection between members’ injury and employment law entitlements.
With the union campaign having blocked five key elements of Morrison’s Omnibus bill, we are continuing work to challenge the one element that passed – a broader definition of casual workers. We are providing collective advice to members on the conversion of casual staff to secure employment and making sure conversion clauses – negotiated under hard-won agreements – are upheld.
In good news, we have recently had a significant win regarding all Health and Safety Representatives in Victoria, which we will share as soon as the final details are confirmed. Watch this space!