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Australian Unions have launched a massive campaign to Change the Rules and with big business lobbyists out in the media attacking us for it - so we know we are already making an impact.

The ads have a simple message: Big business has too much power and Australians need more secure jobs and a wage rise.

Here are the first steps you can take to help get this message out to millions of people:

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It has never been easy to take on powerful corporations.

But past generations of union members have done it before and we can do it again.

With your help, we can build a powerful movement to change the rules.


Governance update


The ASU Branch Executive recently finalised an independent external Review of governance issues after concerns were raised about officials' compliance with union policies. During the Review, several issues were identified – one of which related to the engagement of a building service provider for maintenance of the ASU office building in Carlton. We want to make sure you have the facts about this matter.

The Review was carried out by Neil Pope – an expert in the field, with great integrity who has served as a Minister, was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia and is member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

  • The Review found that the building services arrangement was in clear contravention of our governance arrangements;
  • Mr Brian Parkinson was an officer of the Union at the time and failed to disclose a "related party" payment;
  • On 30 January this year, Mr Parkinson was charged with breaches of the union's policies in relation to the matter;
  • Mr Parkinson was given an opportunity to respond at a hearing held by the Branch Executive, which decided to uphold the charges, including gross misbehaviour and gross neglect of duties;
  • As a result, Mr Parkinson has been dismissed from his current honorary office of National Conference Delegate and the union has withdrawn our endorsement of Mr Parkinson as an ASU nominee of the Vision Superannuation Board.

We regret the circumstances, but members have the right to know that your ASU representatives uphold the Union's values and act with integrity. That is why we have taken appropriate steps to resolve the matter in accordance with the Review findings.

As a member of the Australian Services Union, you deserve a strong union which protects your interests and actively works to achieve better outcomes for you. To deliver that, the union must have strong and effective governance arrangements and officials must uphold union policies.

We are now taking further steps to update the union's approach to governance.

  • We have selected an external provider to undertake a broader finance and governance review which will look at the current structures, processes and policies of the union.
  • We are updating the compulsory training that union officers must undertake in relation to good finance and governance.

These initiatives are about ensuring that the union remains strong, so we can keep focussing on the things that matter to members, such as your pay and conditions at work and pursuing changes to the rules and laws that are supposed to protect Australian workers.



Vale Zelda D'Aprano

The ASU are saddened to hear that lifelong equal pay activist Zelda D'Aprano passed away in February.

zeldaFrom the 1960s Zelda fought to ensure that women were paid the same as a man for work of equal value. She was still fighting to help ASU community services members win their historic equal pay case in 2012.

When, in 1969, Zelda chained herself to the Commonwealth Court of Arbitration to protest the gender pay gap women were paid on average 75% of a male wage for work of equal value. Zelda has frequently recounted that the decision to protest in this way did not come easily as she was not one to court attention. Her decision to protest, born out of a deep sense of injustice at the gender pay gap, epitomises the bravery that Zelda displayed her whole life.

Many years after Zelda's action in 1969 the gender pay gap has narrowed but is still too high. Zelda's actions have inspired women unionists from the ASU and many other unions to take up the struggle for equal pay. Her legacy is the on-going activism of a new generation of union activists. The struggle continues.

ASU members thank Zelda for her activism and pass on our condolences to her family.


The dangers of "buy now, pay later"

A raft of "buy now, pay later" options like Afterpay and zipPay are giving the consumers the opportunity take purchases home immediately and pay them off over time. It may sound convenient but there are downsides that shoppers need to be aware of.

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There's no cost to sign up, and no interest charges, but neither Afterpay nor zipPay are entirely fee-free.
Afterpay requires payments of four fortnightly instalments, while zipPay lets customers set up weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.

With zipPay, if you don't pay off your statement balance in full by the end of the month, a $5 monthly fee is added to your account.

If you're late with an Afterpay repayment, a $10 fee applies plus a further $7 charge if your payment is still outstanding seven days later. So, missing all the repayments on, say, a $100 pair of shoes could cost you $68 in fees.

Shoppers aren't protected by the National Credit Code

This festive season, it makes sense to think about how you pay for purchases.

Your credit or debit card comes with scheme guarantees that protect you if the card is lost or stolen. Your credit card also comes with an individually determined credit limit to ensure you don't get into financial hot water. That's very different from the likes of Afterpay and zipPay, which aren't covered by the National Credit Code, so there is no requirement to check whether or not consumers can afford their purchases.

By paying off your credit card in full each month, it's possible to avoid interest charges altogether, and if the tab is building, consider switching to a low rate card or take advantage of a balance transfer offer. After all, it may be called the silly season, but it's still important to shop smart.

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Tas State Election Forum


Tasmanian unions believes that all workers deserve a job you can count on. A job you can count on provides workers and their families with security, good pay and conditions (including penalty rates) whether you work in the private or public sector.

Tasmanian workers have told us that they are concerned about:

  • Job security and casualisation of the workforce;
  • Low wage growth, low pay rises and penalty rate cuts;
  • Access to vital public services such as health, education, child protection and biosecurity – and the support needed for workers delivering those essential services.

The leaders of the Liberal, Labor, Green and JLN parties have been invited to a community forum to discuss how they will deliver more and better jobs for Tasmanians if elected.

DATE: Tuesday 20 February
TIME: doors open 5:45pm for 6pm start
Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart

RSVP: Monday 19 February to or (03) 6216 7600

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