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.  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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7 hours ago
ASUVicTas

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5 days ago
ASUVicTas

ASU Members Win!

After taking industrial action (hampered by members of a non-union association), ASU members at Moorabool Shire Council got a better deal for workers in the next enterprise agreement.

They saw off an attack on their workplace conditions and even made some real improvements to workers rights at Moorabool. On top of that, a pay rise that will make the biggest difference to the lowest-paid workers at council.

Congratulations to ASU members who took action and attended meetings that set the direction of our bargaining.

And a huge thank you to each of our delegates at Moorabool – they are the best of our union.
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ASU Members Win!
After taking industrial action (hampered by members of a non-union association), ASU members at Moorabool Shire Council got a better deal for workers in the next enterprise agreement.
They saw off an attack on their workplace conditions and even made some real improvements to workers rights at Moorabool.  On top of that, a pay rise that will make the biggest difference to the lowest-paid workers at council.  
Congratulations to ASU members who took action and attended meetings that set the direction of our bargaining.
And a huge thank you to each of our delegates at Moorabool – they are the best of our union.

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Well done to our ASU members and shame on the members of the non union association for hampering our members' outstanding efforts

#solidarity we all stand on your shoulders now as we stand up for a better life in every city & shire 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Hardly a good outcome when many at Council would be taking a pay cut each year when you take into account inflation. Too many are left behind, certainly has not benefited the entire membership.

Fantastic work, well done to the members of the ASU in Moorabool! 👏 👊

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Great outcome. Congratulations to the workers in Moorabool

Absolutely fantastic, dare to struggle, dare to win Congratulations to everyone involved and a massive congratulations to ASU members and delegates

How great to hear!! Amazing job!

Congratulations, Comrades. This shows why unions are essential!

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 We’ll done guys!! Councils will take advantage if they can…

Congrats comrades 😊

You mean the other association that is a union who also supported the your members? Not very professional of ASU to bad mouth other unions just because ex members went to them when you weren't supporting them.

Woo hoo! Well done ASUVicTas members. ✊

Great stuff

Love my union!!

Great outcome, sends a warning shot to other Councils that they can't offer below 2% ✊

Amazing work! Great to show those scabs what workers can achieve when they're not licking boots

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6 days ago
ASUVicTas

Appreciate the gratitude, our members in parks and gardens have worked through every wave of the pandemic to make sure footy ovals are up to scratch.

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