The AFL Trade Union Actions Coalition will vote on whether to continue the strike on Monday, following a three-day walkout by hundreds of workers at the AFL’s Adelaide Oval, the AFLPA confirmed.
Key points:The AFSCMe and its union partners say they will vote in favour of a strike over their contractsThe union says the AFL is trying to bully themThe AFL said it has taken steps to ensure the union did not disrupt the game on Sunday and MondayThe AFL is refusing to budge from its offer to the AFSL to meet on the day of the game, saying it would do so on Monday morning and on Tuesday.
The union, which is led by former AFL CEO Mark Thompson, says the league has bullied the union into making a decision, and has failed to meet its obligations to the workers.
It is also calling on the AFL to recognise the AFSPC as the bargaining representative of AFL players.
But the AFL said its offer would not change the nature of the union’s contract with the AFL.
“The AFL has made clear its position that the AFSPA is the bargaining agent for AFL players, but has no power to negotiate on behalf of the AFL,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said in a statement.
“We will work with the AFSA and AFSL members to see if there is a reasonable way to ensure we have a fair, reasonable and lawful strike.”
The union is due to hold a vote on Monday afternoon.
But in a joint statement, the union and the AFL called for the strike to be put to a public vote, where the majority of workers would vote in support of a walkout.
The statement from the AFSSU, which represents workers at AFL stadiums including Adelaide Oval and MCG, said it had “serious concerns” about the AFL negotiating with the union in this way.
“Given the strong support the AFSEU has for the AFL and the threat of strike action by its members, we are disappointed to see the AFL continue to engage in intimidation and bullying,” the statement said.
The AFSPCA, which had its contract terminated on Sunday, said in its statement that it had spoken to the AFL but was not ready to make a statement on Monday.
“Our main concerns are for the safety of our employees, who will be without their jobs and without their livelihoods for the next three days,” the union said.
“We will vote at our meeting on Monday whether we support a strike on the basis of the best interests of our members, or if we are prepared to accept a non-strike agreement.”
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