VHPA Members at Lake Imaging in Geelong continue their fight for a decent Enterprise Agreement. These negotiations have seen Lake management attempt to strip away basic entitlements including maternity leave and change of shift allowances. In addition, a lack of indexing of allowances meant that these haven’t gone up in a decade.
To add insult to injury, Lake Imaging staff in Geelong are being paid 5% less than their colleagues at Lake in Ballarat and management are clearly employing deliberate stalling techniques.
A recent vote on an Agreement put to staff by Lake management resulted in a resounding NO vote – although even on this front Lake won’t confirm what the actual ballot results were.
“Our Members have had enough,” said VHPA Assistant Secretary, Andrew Hewat. “They have been more than reasonable during these unnecessarily long negotiations. Now they want action” said Hewat.
A recent mass meeting at Geelong Trades Hall considered options for industrial action and Members will decide on this soon.
“They only want what’s fair and reasonable: and that includes parity with their colleagues in Ballarat, indexing of their allowances and no stripping away of current entitlements like maternity leave,” said Hewat.