ASU Organisers and Delegates have been meeting regularly to discuss how members are managing during this difficult time. At yesterday’s Staff Consultative Committee meeting, a number of issues were discussed.

Library workers affected by closures have working from home arrangements or alternative duties in other areas, there are concerns for the long term arrangements of workers. Council is currently reviewing the work available to library staff and say a reduction of services may result in future stand-downs.

The ASU informed Council that there are other Councils who have not stood down Library staff and have implemented initiatives, including online services, or found alternative duties. The ASU offered to share with Port Phillip some of the smart ideas other Councils are using

We understand that reviews of service reductions are happening across all areas of Councils, and today we were presented with a draft procedure for the management to follow. The ASU has requested that your union and representatives be consulted at an earlier stage to share ideas and strategize with union members about what can be done to avoid stand-downs. We ask that members contact us if they are advised of service reduction in their area.

Agency data was finally provided, showing Council employs 40 agency staff, 68 casual staff and 104 fixed term. The ASU has requested Council provide further details on where these staff are placed. Casual conversion data was provided showing since November 2019 10 offers of permanent employment were made, 4 accepted conversion, 4 declined and 2 did not respond.

Casual members must be aware that after 6 months of regular, systematic, and ongoing employment, Council must contact you to offer permanent employment. If you believe you are eligible and have not been offered conversion, please get in touch with us.

We know casual workers in childcare and possibly other areas, are no longer being offered shifts. Casual workers are living with insecure working conditions and their wages are usually insufficient to live on.

Although there have been a few casual staff re-engaged to help with increased work in Childcare, we are concerned that by not engaging casual workers they will be further exposed to poverty.

We know that Local Government workers provide vital frontline services to the community and there is still work to do in many areas. If you are a long-term casual who has been let go due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASU encourages you to contact your union.

The ASU and your Delegates will continue to meet regularly with Council on these matters.

We still have a long way to go over the next few weeks, so speak to your ASU Delegates and encourage non-members to join your union which is working hard for local government employees for everyone.

Please circulate this newsletter to all other staff members and put on your notice boards and in your lunchrooms and encourage non-members to join their union.

The ASU, as always, are BY YOU SIDE

For further information please contact: one of your ASU delegate team or
ASU Organiser Jonathan Smallbone | 0417 105 113 |
ASU Campaign Organiser Hayley Davies | 0428 161 681 |

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