The resounding no vote at Country Club and Wrest Point wasn’t only a rejection of the lousy pay offer. It was a rejection of the Federal Group’s attack on our rights at work.
We voted no because Federal Group proposed to water down our redundancy clause.
We voted no because we want a say in the days and hours we work.
We voted no because Federal Group’s negotiators snuck in detrimental items that they had promised would be removed from the table.
I am one of the two delegates on the United Voice bargaining team from Country Club. Casino workers haven’t had a pay rise for 18 months, but we voted no because we want to know that we have jobs we can count on.
It wasn’t an easy task, explaining to everyone why they should vote no to a pay increase – no matter how lousy. It was challenging, as we were restricted to just a noticeboard, whilst management at Country Club had access to the whole building and could distribute their communications widely. We also could only meet in our own time – that is, stop people in the canteen when we could and pass on information. But it wasn’t just me and the other delegates. Other union members got involved.
What this result shows is that working together, on a grassroots level, we can win. That’s what we must remember when negotiations recommence. We must talk to one another, ask non-members to step up and join so that we can ensure that we win the best agreement we possibly can.
· 410 eligible staff voted on the proposed Agreement;
· 108 voted in favour of the Agreement (26%).
· 302 voted against the Agreement (74%).
· 246 eligible staff voted on the proposed Agreement;
· 102 voted in favour of the Agreement (41%);
· 144 voted against the Agreement (59%).
- JAYNE WALKER, United Voice Delegate