For many of you work will have changed in many ways and the impacts of COVID-19 on Tasmania are already overwhelming. The ASU team are all working remotely now and fighting harder than ever to support you in these tough times.  We are only a phone call or an email away.

We’ve been campaigning hard for wage subsidies paid to employers to keep people in employment.  Wage subsidies are good for workers, good for business and good for the economy.  Wage subsidies will give non-essential workers the ability to stay home and follow the best health advice during this pandemic and will keep all essential workers employed to do their job.

Over the weekend we began hearing rumours out of Canberra that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce wage subsidies in his next media announcement. We expect he will call it something else and not give unions credit for their involvement. That’s ok, if the rumour is true, this is a massive win for the union movement and workers everywhere. We will look closely at whatever comes out and inform you.

A rumour is never concrete, so in the meantime, there are four things you can do and keep reading our update below.

  1. Jump over to ASU coverage in the Examiner News Facebook post and comment on the post to keep it positive and the media engaged.  If you are not on FB you can see it here.
  2. Tell your workmates to join your union, the ASU
  3. Sign the Petitions
  4. Join our Facebook Local Government Employees Group and stay in touch

It was a big week of lobbying from our union for wage subsidies when this fight hit every local government worker in Tasmania. Calls for councils to provide rate relief and support to their communities came unfunded. We agree LG will be critical. This must be funded and cannot come at the cost of jobs.

Premier Peter Gutwein was quoted in Parliament on Wednesday as saying “Local government employ their own staff. I cannot give a guarantee … that those people will remain employed.”

We knew the ask on the Premier is big at the moment and that’s why we also gave him the solution.  The Premier can step in and underwrite LG, as they have the public service, but they must scream to the Federal Morrison Liberal Government to provide wage subsidies to employers to keep people in employment.

On Friday, we asked the industry body LGAT to unite with us to ensure local council job security. Tomorrow we will extend our campaign for your job security to all Councillors/Alderman.

In any event, we are ready. In the meantime, stay well.  Together we win

For more information please contact:
ASU Tasmanian Coordinator Aaron De La Torre | 0427 813 821 |
ASU Southern Organiser Samantha Batchelor | 0459 228 612 |
ASU Northern Organiser Kath Milbourne (formerly Ryman) | 0429 004 237 |
ASU Southern Organiser Karen Tantari | 0472 512 484 |
ASU North West Organiser Jess Cassidy | 0497 649 462 |

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