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CUA accused of breaching union agreement

Credit Union Australia has come under fire from the Financial Services Union for a “misleading” email that was sent to all staff on 16 April.

In a letter to CUA general manager, human resources, Dawn Tsoubos, FSU executive secretary Wendy Streets raised “serious concerns” regarding an email sent by the lender to its entire staff on Enterprise Agreement negotiations.

In the letter, Ms Street outlines a number of misleading statements contained in the CUA email, including claims that CUA is “extremely competitive” in relation to fixed pay and that CUA had proposed an additional negotiation meeting, subject to FSU confirmation.

“It is just not true to state CUA has proposed an additional meeting and is awaiting a response from FSU,” Ms Street said in the letter.

“At the end of negotiations on Monday, we asked if you intended to send out any communication to staff and raised the possibility of sending a joint communication,” she said.

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“Your response was that there should be minimal communication and you would consider sending a direct communication.

“We wrote to you on Monday following the meeting, requesting the date of your next board meeting and indicated we would call you to discuss.

“We have left messages for you but, to date, have not received any returned call.

“We remain committed to securing a new Enterprise Agreement for our CUA members but find this blatant and, in our view, misleading communication to your staff deeply concerning and we seek from you an agreement to retract this communication, otherwise we will consider our options in relation to the breach of our bargaining protocols.”

The FSU urged CUA to respond by close of business Thursday 17 April.

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