What happens next?
It is expected that the NGA will hold a vote on its proposed agreement Monday 24 January to Monday 31 January 2022.
Casual employees are encouraged to work at least one shift up to and including the ballot period. This will ensure you are eligible to vote.
All eligible employees will receive voting information from TrueVote. If you do not receive this contact NGA HR.
Is my vote anonymous?
Yes, and so is your union engagement. The vote will be administered by TrueVote, and the NGA won’t know how you voted, just the result and how many participated.
What happens if I vote No?
If you vote No, your current agreement continues and we go back to the bargaining table. A No vote will demonstrate to the NGA that workers refuse to accept proposed cuts. We know that when workers return to the bargaining table after a No vote, management is far more likely to genuinely engage with our claims.
We would seek for the NGA to agree to re-commence negotiations as soon as possible after a No Vote. Also, by the middle of the year we’ll have had a federal election, and unlike most workers, our members get to vote for who’ll they’ll bargain with.
What’s the difference between EA and policy?
An Enterprise Agreement is an enforceable document, agreed to by management and voted on by staff, which enshrines your rights and gives workers the ability to take disputes about your rights to the Fair Work Commission. Policy is a management-written document which can be changed at their discretion and is not legally enforceable.
What does ‘simplify, clarify, modernise’ mean?
Simplify, clarify, modernise means cuts. The NGA is trying to remove your workplace rights from the EA and move them to policy where they can be changed without agreement or consultation.