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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3 days ago
ASUVicTas

It’s been a massive bargaining year across local government - heading into next year we’ll be supporting members to keep up the good fight! Here’s Kingston city council delegates meeting in person! Getting prepared for the EA negotiations next year!

www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
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It’s been a massive bargaining year across local government - heading into next year we’ll be supporting members to keep up the good fight! Here’s Kingston city council delegates meeting in person! Getting prepared for the EA negotiations next year! 
https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

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Go Shana 💪🏽♥️💪🏽

4 days ago
ASUVicTas

ASU Delegates June and Jeff at Brimbank City Council met with members on zoom and in person this week to discuss bargaining progress.

We are working hard to improve the Agreement, and we are excited to have won a new clause for working from home arrangements. The ASU, ANMF Vic Branch & Professionals Australia are working together to improve working life for all bands and classifications at Brimbank.

Pay rises are still being negotiated, so the work isn't over yet. If you work at Brimbank City join today and be part of the win!
www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
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ASU Delegates June and Jeff at Brimbank City Council met with members on zoom and in person this week to discuss bargaining progress.
We are working hard to improve the Agreement, and we are excited to have won a new clause for working from home arrangements. The ASU, ANMF Vic Branch & Professionals Australia are working together to improve working life for all bands and classifications at Brimbank. 
Pay rises are still being negotiated, so the work isnt over yet. If you work at Brimbank City join today and be part of the win! 
https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
5 days ago
ASUVicTas

ASU Win!

ASU community sector members have been providing vital services to Victorians as we continue to experience the COVID-19 pandemic. In many instances this has meant that they have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 and have been required to isolate. Most employers have required community sector workers to take their own personal or annual leave to isolate.

This is just not fair.

The ASU have pushed the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing to fix this issue, and they have now implemented an isolation leave procedure that means community sector workers required to isolate due to a potential COVID-19 exposure at work are not required to use their own leave.

Going forward, if you are told to isolate due to a potential COVID-19 exposure at work please get in touch with the ASU member contact centre at info@asuvictas.com.au or with your ASU organiser and we can raise the matter with DFH who in turn will raise it with your employer.

Full details of the procedure here - www.asuvictas.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Furlough-due-to-employment-related-circumstance-.pdf
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ASU Win!
ASU community sector members have been providing vital services to Victorians as we continue to experience the COVID-19 pandemic.  In many instances this has meant that they have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 and have been required to isolate.  Most employers have required community sector workers to take their own personal or annual leave to isolate.
This is just not fair.
The ASU have pushed the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing to fix this issue, and they have now implemented an isolation leave procedure that means community sector workers required to isolate due to a potential COVID-19 exposure at work are not required to use their own leave.
Going forward, if you are told to isolate due to a potential COVID-19 exposure at work please get in touch with the ASU member contact centre at info@asuvictas.com.au or with your ASU organiser and we can raise the matter with DFH who in turn will raise it with your employer.
Full details of the procedure here - https://www.asuvictas.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Furlough-due-to-employment-related-circumstance-.pdf

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It is still ridiculous that you need to use your own personal leave if the close contact occurs outside of work.

What about if you get covid? Long covid?

Great but I'm confused - is this just for employees of the Dept ??