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Local Authorities
The Local Authorities Sector of the Union represents Local Government workers in Victoria and Tasmania.  We are active in local government across both states, helping the people who provide services which the community relies on every day.

We work at a local level to improve your voice in the workplace and improve your pay, conditions and entitlements.  Strong local voices in the workplace helps us deliver better results locally.

Our growing and diverse membership helps us be stronger advocates for local government as a whole, arguing for investment, support and recognition of the tier of government which impacts the lives of our community in meaningful, practical ways.

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Local Authority News

SACS
The ASU represents workers in the ‘not for profit’ community sector.

Our members are united in their commitment to provide services that address disadvantage in our community.

We work across housing and tenancy, youth, child and family services, community and mental health, advocacy, community legal centres, neighbourhood houses and community centres, ethnic communities, crisis support, women’s specific services, indigenous services, job networks, home and community care, working for many different agencies in many different programs, with many different job titles.

There are around 4,000 community service businesses registered, and a significant number of these employ less than five people. Our members have proven that by uniting, we can achieve the best pay and conditions possible, including the land mark equal pay case which is currently being implemented and saw pay rises of 23-47% over eight years (2012-2020) for community services workers.

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SACS News

Energy
The Australian Services Union is Australia’s largest Union in the energy/electricity industry.

ASU members are generally the non-trade qualified workers in the energy industry.  We work in thermal power stations, isolated hydro stations, next generation facilities, electricity transmission systems and the distribution/retail industry.

This has allowed us to represent members and gain significant benefits. Today across Tasmania and Victoria there are over 40 major employers in the industry. ASU members work with every employer and we have negotiated enterprise agreements with each of them.

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Energy News

Water
The ASU has been part of the Australian water industry since branches of the Union first covered membership in local government and State authorities around 100 years ago. The Union has seen many changes over this time and it is no different today.

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Water News

Infrastructure
Infrastructure is the ASU division which covers workers providing services in the following industries:

  • Information Techhnology
  • Transport
  • Shipping & Travel
  • Airlines (Tas only)
  • Clerical & Administration (Tas only)

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The ASU covers a range of workers employed in IT. From IT professionals to system analysts and digitised equipment maintenance workers chances are that they are eligible for membership of the ASU. Typically the ASU’s IT members are found in employers such as Fuji and Xerox, Canon and IBM through to employees in small two-person operations.

 

TRANSPORT

Workers eligible to join the ASU in the transport industry include employees working in administration, professional, managerial, operational or supervisory functions and those who provide technical advice or work in customer relations.

 

SHIPPING AND TRAVEL

The majority of employees working in the travel or shipping industries in clerical, administrative, marketing, sales or management roles are eligible to join the ASU. Chances are if someone is working in the travel or shipping industries in a clerical, administrative, marketing, sales or management role they’re eligible to join the ASU.

 

AIRLINES

The ASU is the biggest Australian union covering airline industry workers. Our Branch of the ASU covers Tasmanian members who work for Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Regional Express, Eastern Australia Airlines, Sunstate Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and other overseas airlines, as well as contractors in the industry like Menzies Aviation Services or airfreight companies like Australian Air Express.

 

Infrastructure News

Clerical and Administration
Employees engaged in white-collar office and customer service worker in private industry are eligible to join the ASU. Just about anyone doing “office work” in the private sector is eligible to join. Our members are call-centre agents, customer service reps, administrators, clerks, social workers among other roles and responsibilities. Please note that only Tasmanian based private sector workers are eligible to join the ASU Victorian and Tasmanian Authorities and Services branch.

 

Clerical and Administration News

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10 hours ago

ASUVicTas

Last week Geelong Council made the extraordinary decision to stand down over 500 of their staff in leisure and recreation. This took effect last Wednesday.

State and Federal Governments are digging deep to support workers and the community, it’s only fair that local government does the same, especially a Council like Geelong.

We are calling on Geelong Council to immediately reverse this decision. Federal and State MPs in Geelong agree with us.

The State Government needs to take urgent action to make sure councils don’t shirk their responsibilities like Geelong is trying to do.

www.asuvictas.com.au/geelong-cc-state-federal-mps-support-asu-call-to-reinstate-stood-down-workers/
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Last week Geelong Council made the extraordinary decision to stand down over 500 of their staff in leisure and recreation. This took effect last Wednesday.
State and Federal Governments are digging deep to support workers and the community, it’s only fair that local government does the same, especially a Council like Geelong. 
We are calling on Geelong Council to immediately reverse this decision. Federal and State MPs in Geelong agree with us.
The State Government needs to take urgent action to make sure councils don’t shirk their responsibilities like Geelong is trying to do.
https://www.asuvictas.com.au/geelong-cc-state-federal-mps-support-asu-call-to-reinstate-stood-down-workers/

 

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This time we need our unions more than ever hoping you will also support those in age care

Barry James Gough had no idea this happened glad they have been reinstated. Who got stood down can you PM me please

You cant reinstate if thier area of work is closed ie leisure centres ..... they should be REDEPLOYED to other areas like some other councils .... use them to do works needed like mulching .. litter collection in parks .... better than being in line at Centrelink.

2 days ago

ASUVicTas

Qantas want to rip off 20,000 of their employees whom they have stood down. We won't let them.

Qantas need to do the right thing and allow their employees to use their accrued personal leave when they are unwell or needing to care for a family member.

The Fair Work Commission has told them to listen to us and come to an agreement.Qantas has told its workers it will not pay sick leave. During the biggest health crisis we have seen.
So we took Qantas to court.
Today the Fair Work Commission told Qantas to talk to the unions. We agree.
Here’s what we have to say to Qantas: Pay your workers sick leave. Anything less in unacceptable.

Read about it here: bit.ly/FWC-Qantas-timetotalk
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Qantas want to rip off 20,000 of their employees whom they have stood down. We wont let them.
Qantas need to do the right thing and allow their employees to use their accrued personal leave when they are unwell or needing to care for a family member.
The Fair Work Commission has told them to listen to us and come to an agreement.

2 days ago

ASUVicTas

TasNetworks USE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND DIRTY TRICKS TO CONTINUE ATTACKS ON WORKERS

Unions representing workers at Government owned energy distributor TasNetworks have slammed the company for using the restrictions of a national crisis to impose a dud workplace agreement.

Communications, Electrical and Plumbing State Organiser Lee Archer said that workers and the community expected the publically owned company to be run in the interests of the community being an essential service.

“We know they are shifty after witnessing 10 years of attacks, but to use a once in a hundred year Pandemic to force through a 4 year agreement is a new low.”

“Workers are absolutely seething, TasNetworks told them that this time would be different and then use this unprecedented crisis to continue substandard employment arrangements.”

The Unions say that not only have the company sought to capitalise on restricted group gatherings to limit works ability to discuss and propose a way forward, the company waited until a Fair Work Commissioner who was assisting bargaining went on holidays to spring their trap.

Australian Services Union Organiser Karen Tantari said that not only is it a disgrace for TasNetworks to be the first Organisation in Australia to break Fair Work Commission assisted bargaining, but to use the Covid-19 crisis to lock workers into a workplace agreement for four years without negotiations being complete on a number of key issues is abhorrent.

“Unbelievably, the company chose to drop this bomb on workers the day that the Fair Work Commissioner who was helping the process began a period of leave”

A survey of Union members had already shown that workers are furious, and intend to lock in for a protracted fight to be treated fairly.

The Unions raised the situation formally with the Liberal Government and were told that it was an operational matter.

“When the Gutwien Liberal government puts that much distance between themselves their state run business, its massive show of no confidence in this disgraceful act,” said Professionals Australia Director Luke Crowley.

The Unions reiterated their offer to delay negotiations for 12 months like has been done at Hydro and many other public and private businesses, to resume when it is hoped community conditions have returned to normal.
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TasNetworks USE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND DIRTY TRICKS TO CONTINUE ATTACKS ON WORKERS
Unions representing workers at Government owned energy distributor TasNetworks have slammed the company for using the restrictions of a national crisis to impose a dud workplace agreement.
Communications, Electrical and Plumbing State Organiser Lee Archer said that workers and the community expected the publically owned company to be run in the interests of the community being an essential service.
“We know they are shifty after witnessing 10 years of attacks, but to use a once in a hundred year Pandemic to force through a 4 year agreement is a new low.”
“Workers are absolutely seething, TasNetworks told them that this time would be different and then use this unprecedented crisis to continue substandard employment arrangements.”
The Unions say that not only have the company sought to capitalise on restricted group gatherings to limit works ability to discuss and propose a way forward, the company waited until a Fair Work Commissioner who was assisting bargaining went on holidays to spring their trap.
Australian Services Union Organiser Karen Tantari said that not only is it a disgrace for TasNetworks to be the first Organisation in Australia to break Fair Work Commission assisted bargaining, but to use the Covid-19 crisis to lock workers into a workplace agreement for four years without negotiations being complete on a number of key issues is abhorrent.
“Unbelievably, the company chose to drop this bomb on workers the day that the Fair Work Commissioner who was helping the process began a period of leave”
A survey of Union members had already shown that workers are furious, and intend to lock in for a protracted fight to be treated fairly.
The Unions raised the situation formally with the Liberal Government and were told that it was an operational matter.
“When the Gutwien Liberal government puts that much distance between themselves their state run business, its massive show of no confidence in this disgraceful act,” said Professionals Australia Director Luke Crowley.
The Unions reiterated their offer to delay negotiations for 12 months like has been done at Hydro and many other public and private businesses, to resume when it is hoped community conditions have returned to normal.