• 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. Spokesperson for Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries, Executive Manager Corporate Communications, Scott Samson said the Trust was doing everything possible to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. "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," Mr Samson said. "During protected industrial action the health, safety and service of the public and our staff will be our priority. "We are working closely with Melbourne's funeral directors to minimise impacts on business operations. "Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries 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." Mr Samson said 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. "Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries has advised the responsible Victorian Government minister, the Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MLC of the decision by ASU members to take protected industrial action." The Australian Services Union (ASU) advised 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. ENDS