To All Union Members at Somerville Retail Services August 2010

17th AUGUST 2010

UNION TAKES COURT ACTION ON BEHALF OF SRS MEMBERS
After a long and frustrating time being forced to visit you in the training room, the Union has applied to Fair Work Australia to be able to use the lunch room for Union meetings.
We have always believed that the training room was unacceptable because it was too small, lacked privacy, and was an extremely uncomfortable environment for workers when talking to their Union representatives.

COMPANY OPPOSITION
The Company is spending thousands of dollars to oppose our application and have employed a barrister and solicitor to try to stop the Union from seeing you in the lunch room.  They say that many workers do not want the Union in the lunch room and that workers are happy to go to the training room.

I believe this is not true, and I have so far not met any production workers who are unhappy to have the Union in the lunch room. 

COURT TO VISIT SRS
The Fair Work Commissioner (Judge) will be visiting your workplace on Thursday 26th August at 10am to see the situation for himself, accompanied by the Company lawyers and Union representatives.

I will keep you updated on the progress of the court proceedings.

UNION SUPPORT
We will continue to support our members at SRS to help them improve their workplace and allow them to work with dignity and respect, with decent wages and conditions.

Yours sincerely,

Collin Ross