Bulletin 6 - Australian Electoral Commission - Important information for employees - Issued 17 November 2021

The Australian Electoral Commission has issued the important notice PDF (77.4 KB) to Fire Fighters who are members of United Workers Union (UWU), who are eligible to vote in a protected action ballot.

The information includes details on eligibility to vote, the ballot timetable, and questions to be put to relevant employees.

Only UWU members will receive ballots, and if the ballot is successful, only members of UWU can take the protected industrial action proposed by their union. Employees who are not UWU members cannot participate in taking protected industrial action.

Fair Work Act requirements

Employees should note that in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act), employers may provide written notice to employees stating that, because of partial work bans, the employee’s payments will be reduced by a proportion as specified in the notice.

More information about the bargaining process

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are posted to the OCPE website. Further information on bargaining and the Act can be obtained at www.fwc.gov.au or you can contact the Fair Work Commission information line on 1300 799 675.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment

Last updated: 04 May 2022

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