Protected Action Ballot Results

Dear Members,

Firstly, we would like to thank you all for the amazing work you’ve done promoting the Protected Action Ballot and continuing to defend both your rights and your colleagues’ rights in the workplace.

We now have the official result, and unfortunately the ballot will not be carried into securing the protections because we didn’t make 50% participation. We were extremely close though, and if we had reached the required participation rate, all protections would have been awarded with a resounding “yes” vote.

We know that running a postal ballot during a global pandemic and over the Christmas break has suppressed participation, and with those factors in mind, this is a good outcome. It’s painfully close to being a great outcome. Thanks again to those who voted and voted on time.

We remain optimistic about our overall campaign at CBA. This is not a union that will accept an agreement that is bad for workers. When workers stick together, their power is unbreakable. Already your pressure brought a significantly better pay offer, if we continue to stick together, we can win a fairer agreement for all.


So, here are our next steps.

Yesterday we met with CBA to recommence discussions on your new EA. We remain close to agreement, and we remain determined to maintain RDOs, secure a fair pay increase for all workers and pursue contracting conditions that will prevent ongoing underpayments and inequality.

Following this meeting we would love to speak to you all on Sunday, 31st of January at 3pm AEDT (Members Only) by this time we will have confirmed the outcome of Julia’s meeting with CBA.

Register in advance for this meeting.

In the meantime, you can call the AEC and have them confirm your vote was received and counted:

  • AEC Phone: (02) 9375 6366 or (03) 9285 7111
  • Email: and quote the ballot order number: B2020/700

​In Unity,

Authorised by Julia Angrisano, National Secretary