The last 12 months have been a busy time for ASU members and for the union.
We have supported workers in each of our industries with individual issues at work, improved wages and conditions at workplaces across Victoria and Tasmania and campaigned on the big issues affecting members. This has all occurred while we have navigated a return to work for many ASU members in Victoria and greater workplace impacts of Covid-19 in Tasmania. The focus of the ASU has been supporting members in every single workplace.
At the centre of the ASU’s activity have been members campaigning for improved employment conditions. We have seen successful ‘no’ votes from south of Hobart to northern Victoria. Industrial action has spanned both states and all of our industries – driven by the determination of ASU members for a fair go at work. This has led to great successes for our union at workplaces, across industries and even nationally. To keep delivering the essential industrial representation, advocacy and specialist advice members need, the Branch Executive has approved a small increase in union dues of fifty cents per week. This increase will take effect from 1 July 2022. Importantly, for the vast majority of members, this small increase is well below the rate of inflation.
If you currently pay your ASU membership by payroll deduction, you could reduce the cost of membership by changing your method of payment to direct debit. The union applies a 3% discount to membership fees paid through direct debit, and it’s easy to switch by completing this form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. With the end of the financial year approaching, remember that your union membership is tax-deductible. This can reduce the tax you pay by hundreds of dollars each year.