Members stop work and join virtual picket
Members of Professionals Australia took part in large numbers in today’s stop work meeting between 9am and 1pm.
Professionals Australia, ASU and RTBU members met on a virtual picket at 10 am to hear from Michele O’Neill, Brett Holmes and Alex Classens about the importance of our industrial action.
Michele O’Neill from the ACTU was impressed by the solidarity shown in the virtual meeting at 10am.
Brett Holmes the general secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives association called on the CRU to remain strong. He said if anyone says the nurses accepted 0.3%, as an argument to accept a bad deal, do not listen to them. He indicated that the nurses had the 0.3% pay rise forced on them against their will and noted that they support 100% rail workers fight to not get the same.
Alex Classens also gave an impassioned plea for workers to stay strong and called on the minister, the CEOs and the secretary to get serious about resolving the EA.
Adrian Catt from Professionals Australia then read out some messages of solidarity from the various divisions of PA including:
- The Local Government Engineers Association;
- The IT professionals Australia;
- Young Professionals Australia;
- IBM members;
- Sydney Water members; and
- ANSTO members.
There were too many people to fit in the meeting, with many having to join on Facebook live.
At 12pm, to kick off the last hour of our action, members met to discuss upcoming industrial actions. Members were presented with the plan that the reps had proposed to carry out up to 1 November.
Members had many questions, and the meeting ended with many still asking questions.
The reps are collating those questions and will put them on the website in a separate Q&A doc.
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Now is as good a time as any to join PA. Your conditions of employment are under attack like never before and the employer not only wants to cut conditions but only give you a 0.3% pay rise in the first year. If that is not an argument for membership, what is?
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