Local government workers provide vital frontline services to the community. But years of underfunding and cost shifting by the state and federal governments, together with rate capping, have hit councils hard.Β  Many will not have enough income in the future to provide the services needed and expected by the community.

At some councils, this has already resulted in contracting out; service cuts; record low pay increases; increased use of agency, temporary and casual staff; and vacant jobs going unfilled.

Some workers prop up services by working unpaid overtime or are stressed because they can’t deliver the kind of service they know the community needs because of a lack of funding .

Under funding or contracting out services can compromise worker safety – they lead to poorly trained staff and shortcuts to save money.

We want better funding for local government to make sure that:

  1. Communities get the services they rely on every day and council workers can deliver high quality services that they can be proud of.
  2. Council workers are paid for all hours they work and that there is not an artificial cap on wages and conditions in enterprise bargaining.
  3. Services are provided directly by council workers in permanent, secure jobs.
  4. Health and safety of workers and the community is not compromised by under funding.

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8 hours ago
ASUVicTas

ASU Delegates at Mount Alexander Shire Council met this week to plot our next steps, with the EBA expiring last September and still no pay offer in sight. We will be meeting with members in the next couple of weeks to hopefully discuss an offer from management or other options. ... See MoreSee Less

ASU Delegates at Mount Alexander Shire Council met this week to plot our next steps, with the EBA expiring last September and still no pay offer in sight. We will be meeting with members in the next couple of weeks to hopefully discuss an offer from management or other options.

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Solidarity from the West Coast comrades. Paul ASU/ME Division.

10 hours ago
ASUVicTas

We wanted to let you know something big. Your union has won big changes for members in the social, disability and community services sector. Congratulations!
www.asu.asn.au/news/categories/sacs/210505-asu-win-big-changes-to-schds-award
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We wanted to let you know something big. Your union has won big changes for members in the social, disability and community services sector. Congratulations!
http://www.asu.asn.au/news/categories/sacs/210505-asu-win-big-changes-to-schds-award
15 hours ago
ASUVicTas

Members at Casey Council turned up every day - servicing the community throughout the pandemic. It's great to see more members face to face, coming together, proudly ASU as they try to reach agreement for their next EBA!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ ... See MoreSee Less

Members at Casey Council turned up every day - servicing the community throughout the pandemic. Its great to see more members face to face, coming together, proudly ASU as they try to reach agreement for their next EBA!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Solidarity comrades πŸ’ͺ

Love it! Solidarity πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ