Thursday, 20 October 2022

Serco cancels meeting with union at last minute, refuses to bargain

As you would be aware, your union met with Serco last week and reinforced our log of claims. At this meeting, Serco stated that they would take your union’s proposal back to the company and report back to us this week. The meeting, which was scheduled for this morning, was cancelled at the last minute by Serco, who stated in writing that they “understand the claim items” but that they did not want to meet with the union because their “position has not changed” and they do not believe “another meeting this week is warranted or would be a productive use of either side’s time”.

This is an absolute slap in the face to union members who have been asking for a wage increase that is more than a pittance. It is disrespectful and only goes to show that Serco views its employees with contempt, such that they cannot even be bothered to attend a meeting with the union that they themselves scheduled.

What happens next is entirely up to union members. There are several options:

  1. We can proceed with a 48-hour stoppage, from 6:00am on Wednesday 26 October to 7:00am on Friday 28 October.
  2. The union can seek the assistance of the Fair Work Commission and in doing so force Serco back to the bargaining table to see if we can’t first negotiate a decent wage outcome for members, and then take industrial action if this is unsuccessful.
  3. We can do both – proceed with a 48-hour stoppage next week and make an application to the Fair Work Commission to force Serco to bargain with the union.

This is your EA, and the decision is for union members to make. If the majority of members want to proceed with another strike next week, then we will go on strike. If members would rather see if we can achieve an outcome with the help of the Fair Work Commission before taking more industrial action, then that is what we will do.

On that basis, it is important that you have your say by completing the following survey: We will use these survey results as the basis for our next steps, so make sure you fill it in.

As always, if you have any questions, please email , , or .  Alternatively, you can call the CPSU NSW on 1800 772 679.