The current Enterprise Agreement for the Bureau of Meteorology reached its nominal expiry date on 1 July 2014.
A series of activities took place leading up to this date in preparation for negotiations for a new EA, which began 26 June.
Three members’ meetings were held during May and June, with progressively more members attending each meeting. A small number of members from outside Melbourne head office have also been involved via videoconference. One third of the total national membership attended the last meeting on 5 June.
Face-to-face meetings have also been held at head office. About 12 members spoke to their organiser on site, discussing the issues important to them for maintaining and extending the workplace rights and conditions in the upcoming negotiations. A similar number of members had conversations via phone and email.
A log of claims has been compiled based on all these meetings and conversations, with 100% of the membership who voted endorsing the log.
The first bargaining meeting was held 26 June and provided an introductory framework as to how negotiations will proceed. There were 23 participants involved in the meeting, including Bureau of Meteorology management, three individual employees, and officials and delegates from three other unions – CPSU, ETU and AMWU. Professionals Australia was represented by two delegates, one via videoconference from the NSW Regional Office in Sydney, and one in Melbourne head office, alongside Professionals Australia Industrial Officer.
Coinciding with this important work in the negotiations, members are also meeting in order to plan how to discuss the importance of EA negotiations with their colleagues, and encouraging them to join with them at Professionals Australia to create a stronger team that will deliver better outcomes from the negotiations.
Tom Fooks, Industrial Officer/Organiser