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.
- Join the Fund the Gap Facebook group to keep on top of what is going on.
- Share your story about why community health is important to you here.
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.