ABC staff have sent a clear message to ABC management this week, with the overwhelmingly majority rejecting management’s offer.

In an all-staff email yesterday, the Head of ABC People, Dharma Chandran, confirmed preliminary results that approximately 3950 staff had voted, of which 72.8% voted no.

Congratulations ABC staff – you deserve a better deal and now you have given yourself a better chance to get one. This is a strong no vote with high worker participation.

Whilst we are hopeful ABC management will heed this message, we cannot rely on it. Therefore, both CPSU and MEAA will commence protected action ballots as soon as practical to ensure ABC staff have every available opportunity to get a better deal. In the interim, we have sought a meeting with ABC management next week.