The Health Services Union was recently informed about the outcome of the St Catherine’s enterprise agreement vote. Management reported that:
There were 88 ballots issued.
There were 75 valid ballots. Of these 58 were ‘yes’ and 17 were ‘no’.
Therefore a valid majority has been achieved as 77.3% of valid votes were ‘yes’.
The HSU has been contacted by several members who have raised concerns about the outcome, namely that it doesn’t reflect the views of employees and they believe a significantly higher number of staff voted ‘no’ than was represented in the final numbers.
The HSU is also concerned about a significant delay which took place between the end of the voting period and the counting of the vote, some five days later. This is highly unusual and raises questions about the security of the ballot.
The HSU has serious concerns that the enterprise agreement may not have been genuinely agreed to by employees, as per the Fair Work Act.
As a result, the HSU will be requesting to examine the ballots this week. We also want to hear from any members who have information or wish to give feedback.