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Newcastle EA and Protected Action Ballot Update

Apr 14, 2022Uncategorized

We requested Keolis Downer to meet us back at the bargaining. In doing so, the company has unexpectedly put an offer on the table of ‘rolling over’ your current EA (i.e. no changes) for 3 years. Your negotiating committee met with you, our members, to discuss this offer and you rejected it overwhelmingly. Your negotiating committee relayed your message to KD and they have now come back with a revised offer and are seeking an in-principle agreement from the union.

You can read the terms of the revised offer in the Member Bulletin here.

In the meantime, the Fair Work Commission has approved the Protected Action Ballot. 

A ballot will be open from next Wednesday 20 April at 9.00am and close on Wednesday 27 April at 2.00pm. You will be asked to vote on 2 actions that you are willing to take to help progress your claims.

  1. Taking protected industrial action in the form of an unlimited number of stoppages of work of 1 to 24 hours in duration; and
  2. Bans or limitations on the manner in which work is undertaken (covers all other forms of industrial action that doesn’t affect safety)

Members should keep an eye out for an email or SMS from CIVS with information on how to vote in this ballot. 

You can read further information on how to vote in the Member Bulletin here.

Vote YES to both questions. If you vote YES it allows us a choice of actions to progress our claims. Your representatives will continue to advocate in good faith, but we are guided by what you as the members are willing to FIGHT for!