Union launches Federal Court action

Geraldton Guardian
The City of Greater Geraldton's administation centre and Council chambers.
Camera IconThe City of Greater Geraldton's administation centre and Council chambers. Credit: Geoff Vivian

The union representing local government officers says the City of Greater Geraldton has breached its enterprise agreement by standing more than 100 staff down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian Services Union state secretary Wayne Wood said standing workers down based on an estimated loss was unlawful and a breach of the Fair Work Act.

The union has lodged proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against the City Greater of Geraldton.

“Earlier this month more than 100 local government staff were stood down at the City of Greater Geraldton without consultation,” Mr Wood said.

“The ASU has brought a test case relating to four of those staff members.”

The City yesterday gave an undertaking to the court to return the four employees to work under their previous terms and conditions.

The ASU and the City are expected to attend court mediation next week.

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