• Date: 15/05/2013
  • Cemetery: Our Locations

The final stage of negotiations to settle an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement between the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and the Australian Services Union (ASU) have been hindered following a decision by ASU members employed at Keilor Cemetery and Preston Cemetery & Mausoleum to take protected industrial action from Wednesday 15 May, 2013.

Mourners and guests at funerals located at Keilor Cemetery and Preston Cemetery & Mausoleum should be aware that industrial action may cause delays or interrupt funerals.

Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries has in place contingency arrangements which will reduce impacts on disruptions to our operations.

Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries are working closely with Melbourne's funeral directors to minimise impacts on business operations and has contingencies in place to support all burials.

Our arrangements will reduce impacts on funerals, burials and interments at both cemeteries. However we anticipate that there will be delays to the processing of pre-need purchases of graves and mausolea positions, as well as the ordering of mausoleum inscriptions and memorial plaques.

Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries has negotiated in good faith with all bargaining representatives to propose an Agreement that is within the parameters of the Victorian Government's Public Sector Workplace Relations Policies.

The Australian Services Union (ASU) advised Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries on Friday 10 May that its members employed with the GMCT intend to take action at Keilor Cemetery and Preston Cemetery & Mausoleum from 12.01am on Wednesday 15 May.

The Industrial Action will comprise indefinite or periodic work bans at the two locations.

As further information becomes available it will be published on the GMCT's website, www.gmct.com.au.