AFTER months of disagreement, Maroondah Council staff have voted 'yes' to their new workplace agreement.
Voting for the new enterprise bargaining agreement closed last Friday week. The result was 338 votes in favour and 164 against. Seven were declared informal.
Maroondah Council's previous 'enterprise agreement' was knocked back by Fair Work Australia a month ago because the council had not provided enough information on the finer details of the EBA to staff.
Members of the Australian Services Union had also enforced work bans earlier in the year to protest the EBA, as it provided for a pay freeze for council-run leisure centre staff only.
Maroondah Council chief executive officer Frank Dixon said this time a greater number of 'yes' than 'no' votes had been received.
The council now has 14 days to apply to Fair Work Australia for approval of the agreement.
"The next step in the process is to request an urgent hearing at Fair Work Australia and I'm hopeful the matter will be dealt with smoothly and quickly."
A decision is expected within the next month.