Staff at Spotless Laundry Belmont are getting organised and ready to negotiate their first Enterprise Agreement.
The laundry was owned by Prime Laundry until September 2015 when it was bought by Spotless, which also owns a laundry in Murdoch.
Members at Spotless in Murdoch stood together and won a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with their new Enterprise Agreement.
The MOU is valid across laundry sites owned by Spotless in WA, which means members at the Belmont site have access to quarterly general meetings and union facilities for delegates, such as a union noticeboard.
Many of the staff at Belmont haven’t been part of a union before, but now more than a half are United Voice members.
Members had their first win earlier this year on a 40 degree day when the air-conditioners broke down.
Standing united they refused to work in the hot laundry until a replacement air conditioner was brought in.
United Voice delegate Kheyria said it was great when members found out they had won the replacement air conditioner.
“Of course it (felt really great) we were pleased and we did not expect it,” she says.
Kheyria said when it comes to bargaining for a Enterprise Agreement one of the most important issues is the pay rate.
“The challenges we face I do feel like we deserve a bit more.”
Members will begin bargaining for a new agreement in June 2016.