Last week a dedicated and passionate group of delegates from across Victoria came together at the ASU delegate conference to discuss the many issues facing our community sector. Delegates participated in frank discussions on their concerns about employment conditions in the industry, changes to funding arrangements, union activity and visibility and the challenges of bargaining.
Over two SACS industry sessions, ASU delegates endorsed key campaign work and future directions of the union, with a commitment to form a new campaign committee we invite all members to get involved with – 6:00pm Wednesday 13 November at the ASU Office.
Delegates endorsed a secure work campaigning to deal with issues including:
- funding uncertainty
- the rise of temporary work and fixed-term contracts
- issues with implementation of portable long service leave, and
- an emerging issue of funding uncertainty for equal pay (equal remuneration pay rises that you get each December to 2020, won by ASU members in 2012).
A renewed approach to bargaining and targeting union office resources, based on discussion with delegates about the best ways to build strength and achieve real outcomes for workers across the whole industry. The majority agreed that we need to address the structural issues that lead to insecure work and sliding conditions across community services. Our approach to bargaining needs to change to allow this to happen.
Some of the further detail round this is sensitive and strategic, but we invite members to get involved! Over the next year as the ASU get back to more of a campaign focus, we call on any interested members to join a new campaign committee to guide the ASU office on matters relating to these campaigns.
You don’t need to be a delegate, you don’t need to have a background in industrial or other campaigns, you just need to be angry about the way workers and clients are treated by funding bodies across Victoria and believe that workers standing together and fighting can help to fix it.
We’ve done it before. We did it with equal pay, now it’s time to make the community services sector one that you can build a career with properly paid, secure work, that provides well-resourced quality services to your clients.
The first ASU Community Sector campaign meeting will be held:
DATE: Wednesday 13 November
VENUE: ASU Office, 116 Queensberry Street, Carlton South
For more information please contact:
ASU Member Contact Centre | firstname.lastname@example.org | 1300 855 570