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WC staff denied violence clause

NO: West Coast council general manager Dirk Dowling has refused to include a family violence clause in the council’s new EBA, according to union official Dennis Mullins.The general manager of the West Coast Council has refused to include a family violence clause in the organisation’s new enterprise bargaining agreement, a union official says.
Nanjing Night Net

The Australian Services Union (ASU) has been negotiating a new EBAwith the council since March, with no resolution yet reached.

ASU Tasmania branch coordinator Dennis Mullins said on Friday a family violence clause has been accepted by each of the previous eight councils the union has negotiated with, including Central Coast and King Island.

The clause is activated by situations of extreme family violence and allows up to two weeks additional leave and practical provisions in the workplace, for example, changing a phone number.

The council’s general manager, Dirk Dowling, was contacted but declined to comment except to confirm the council were in negotiations.

Mr Mullins went on to say the council’s offer would hurt staff financially, and added some employees would be left“working poor.”

“The West Coast council’s offer of two per cent year one and CPI-only for years two and three gives no certainty, no guarantees and certainly no catch-up of the amount they are behind,” he said.

“This is particularly reprehensible when you consider that West Coast costs of living are now higher than anywhere else in the state.”

He said outdoor workers at the council onaverage earn$46,000 per year.

Mr Mullins negotiated the current agreement three years ago with council’s previous general manager, Paul Lockwood, who acknowledged employees were paid less than their counterparts in other municipalities.That agreement allowed for raises of five, 4.5 and four per cent over three years.

“That was designed to bring West Coast council halfway toward the average,” Mr Mullinssaid.

“There was an undertaking by Paul Lockwood that there would be a substantial rise again to try and address the shortfall that the West Coast employees face when compared to anyone else.”

But Mr Mullins said Mr Dowlingrefused to honour the agreement, which he said is on record in the minutes of the bargaining agreement.

Mr Mullins said staff are paying for the council’s forecastbudget surplus, rate freeze and increased expenditure on capital works.

He said he will lodge for a protected action ballot with the Fair Work Commissionon Monday.

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