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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11 hours ago

ASUVicTas

Libby Jamieson is a Crisis Champion. She's a long term member of the ASU who has campaigned for workers rights and vulnerable community members most of her working life.

Libby heads-up a counselling team at Switchboard who have been working extra hard to support members of the LGBTIQ+ community through the pandemic.

Well respected across the SACS industry, Libby was voted onto the ASU Branch Executive in 2018. Libby represents the SACS industry and works tirelessly to support and grow this crucial part of the ASU.

Big thanks to Libby for all the work she does for working people, the LGBTIQ+ community, and for our union.
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Libby Jamieson is a Crisis Champion. Shes a long term member of the ASU who has campaigned for workers rights and vulnerable community members most of her working life.
Libby heads-up a counselling team at Switchboard who have been working extra hard to support members of the  LGBTIQ+ community through the pandemic.
Well respected across the SACS industry, Libby was voted onto the ASU Branch Executive in 2018. Libby represents the SACS industry and works tirelessly to support and grow this crucial part of the ASU.
Big thanks to Libby for all the work she does for working people, the LGBTIQ+ community, and for our union.

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Yay Libby! Thanks for all the work you do for the members... 🙏

Love your work, Libby! ❤️❤️❤️

Go Libby!

Angela Jamieson

Libby Jamieson

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1 day ago

ASUVicTas

There’s never any excuse for wage theft.The ASU, together with the TWU and FAAA took Qantas to court as they are incorrectly applying JobKeeper and delaying the payment of shift penalties and overtime.

That didn’t fly with us or our members. The Federal Court has just handed down their decision and we won! We are now calling for Qantas to accept the court’s decision and back-pay all underpaid employees. There is never any excuse for wage theft.
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There’s never any excuse for wage theft.

2 days ago

ASUVicTas

The need to repair and maintain vital infrastructure never stops, and neither do members of the ASU.

Like members of our union right across Victoria and Tasmania, Ben and Jake at Ballarat City Council have been out doing vital repairs while keeping safe.

Ben works on keeping footpaths and drains up to scratch and Jake, who usually works in road maintenance, was giving him a hand.

Thank you them and to everyone else who is out keeping our footpaths, roads and drains safe and operational.
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The need to repair and maintain vital infrastructure never stops, and neither do members of the ASU. 
Like members of our union right across Victoria and Tasmania, Ben and Jake at Ballarat City Council have been out doing vital repairs while keeping safe. 
Ben works on keeping footpaths and drains up to scratch and Jake, who usually works in road maintenance, was giving him a hand. 
Thank you them and to everyone else who is out keeping our footpaths, roads and drains safe and operational.

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Thanks for your work Ben and Jake!

Well done ASU members at Ballarat! 👏👏👏