It is always a vexed question on allowing union officials access to employees. There are clear requirements under the FWA, but on a practical level Councils may have their own less stringent approaches.
In a recent matter where the union official obviously outwore his welcome, the FWC’s Commissioner Lewin ( FWC 3169) has published a “Recommendation” relating to a Union Official entering workplaces. This “Recommendation,” under s505 of the FWA, involved the meat workers’ union and a Queensland meat packer, the parties agreed to a protocol:
- Visits to hold discussions with employees to be conducted weekly
- Supplementary visits may be agreed during EBA negotiations
- Additional visits permissible where an employee requests it
- Visits are to occur during lunch breaks, in the lunch room and only addressed to employees who wish to participate in the meetings
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