ASU CAMPAIGNS

The ASU campaigns to improve the lives of their members at work, and the Australia they live in. Just some of the campaigns we are running at the moment are listed below.  Get involved and help make a difference.

FUND THE GAP. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!

What We’re Doing

As the NDIS rolls out, the Victorian State Government is removing funding to state mental health services.

This will have a dramatic and devastating impact on the mental health sector. Despite the continuous meetings with the Victorian Government where members have had an opportunity to detail the massive issues and shortfalls of the NDIS for the workforce, the State is yet to act.

1300 Jobs that will be lost in Victoria and services will disappear for 90,000 Victorians.

The ASU is calling on the Andrews’ Government to immediately re-fund state-based Community Mental Health services!

Help us save community mental health in Victoria.

What can you do?

Visit www.fundthegap.org.au to sign-up to become a campaign supporter and add your voice.

News

16 August 2018
A campaign rally was held at the office of the Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley, attended by more than 100 members.  Next steps – we will be taking it to parliament if we don’t get what we demand.

14 June 2018
Mental Health Victoria released their report “Saving Money, Saving Lives”. The ASU participated in developing this report and it details the scope of the challenges facing Victoria’s mental health services and the people they support, as well as the economic, equity and humanitarian arguments for immediate investment in community mental health: read the media coverage here.

15 June 2018
ASU members Matt Bailey, Josie Tremain and Gene Rhodes, along with ASU branch co-ordinator Leon Wiegard and Organiser John Owen met with Greens MP’s Lidia Thorpe and Samantha Ratnam to talk about the campaign. Lidia is the Greens mental health spokesperson and Samantha is the leader of the Victorian Greens.

CHANGE THE RULES

Australian Unions are campaigning to change the rules so that working people have more secure jobs and better pay.

Right now, big business has too much power.  A third of them aren’t paying any tax.

Too many big businesses are in a race to the bottom on wages and job security.

As a result, 40% of Australians are in insecure work and wages have flat-lined.

We need a wage rise and secure work. We need to change the rules to give all working people the basic rights they need to improve their living standards.

Get involved with the campaign here.

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9 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/

 

Comment on Facebook

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

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.