On Thursday March 5, 2020 your USU Bargaining Team, along with other Employee Bargaining representatives, met with NPBS Management to discuss the response to Management’s initial offer and present an alternative position.

In our view, the initial proposal from Management gave nothing to the majority of USU members and, in fact, took away several current entitlements – something that the USU will not agree to.

There is no argument that currently the Finance Sector is going through some challenges, as are many industries and sectors, and the Society has made it clear they are in a “cost saving” environment.

One thing the Union does not, and will not, agree with is imposing these cost savings on employees who have not been responsible for major decisions that have adversely impacted on the Society’s “bottom line” over the past few years.

Neither will we support the erosion or removal of benefits and entitlements which our members have fought hard to attain and retain over many years.

NPBS’s current offer is quite clearly sub-standard and Your Union along with the other Employee Bargaining Representatives have clearly communicated this to NPBS Management.

We look forward to management presenting a response to our claims at our next scheduled meeting on March 19, 2020.

In the meantime should you have any questions or wish to provide feedback on this matter please email one or all of the USU Bargaining Team members listed below.

The USU is determined to keep negotiating until Society Management come up with a package that is acceptable to our members.

If non Union members want information on the negotiations they can join the USU and receive updates like this one – otherwise they need to contact NPBS Management for information.

For more information please contact USU Official Paul Sansom – psansom@usu.org.au or Mob. 0409 076 633 or USU Bargaining Team reps Danni Hunt – danni.york@npbs.com.au or Ph 4943 7455 or Skye Ferfoglia – skye.ferfoglia@newcastlepermanent.com.au


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