Opera House staff launch House Proud campaign
Friday, 26 October 2012
The back and front-of-house staff who work at Australia’s most iconic building have launched a campaign to protect and improve their pay and conditions. Watch the campaign video here
Today Opera House staff attended the launch of House Proud to send a strong and united message to the Sydney Opera House and NSW state government that they will not tolerate any cuts to current working conditions and nor would they accept wage freezes .
The following motion was passed unanimously at the meeting:
1) “We, as Alliance members present, endorse the process of Collective Agreement making and enter into this process in good faith. We commit, as a united group of union members, to prosecute our campaign with all our collective strength until we achieve a new agreement that can be endorsed by a majority of members at SOH.
2) We, as committed and active Alliance members working at The Sydney Opera House endorse this attached summary of claims and direct our workplace Alliance Delegates and Representatives to initiate the bargaining process on this basis in the week beginning October 29 2012.”
Opera House staff and their union representatives will begin negotiations with management for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) that secures and improves working conditions and entitlements for all staff.
At today’s meeting Opera House staff endorsed their union, the Alliance, to represent them in EBA negotiations. Staff’s claims for the next EBA can be summarised in 4 core principles – Value us, Talk to us, Train us and Look after us.
To maintain the Opera House’s standing as one of the premier performance venues in the world with some of the best working conditions of any arts venue in Australia, the staff endorsed the Alliance to pursue an improved performance review process and a career development program.