A bid by Casey City Council to potentially carve up Aged and Disability Services without consultation has led to your union requesting urgent intervention by the Fair Work Commission.

For some months the ASU have been requesting details from Casey management on what their intentions are in relation to maintaining services within Aged and Disability Services.

Despite repeated requests through correspondence and meetings management have refused to divulge information other than to say they are reviewing services, this is in despite of your enterprise agreement saying that they must involve your union in any major change process.

Their refusal to consult was made even more obvious when they refused ASU Organisers access to the staff briefings in mid November.

Despite Casey explaining that their review of the care market revealed that there were not adequate services to deliver aged care across the community, Casey wants to test the market.

Aged care in Australia is in crisis due to inadequate conditions to support a sustainable care workforce. Funding remains guaranteed until June, 2022 and with a Royal Commission underway we know that this is not the time to be creating further and unnecessary uncertainty for this valuable workforce.

Casey’s large workforce serves one of the largest aging populations in the State and is a precious resource for the community.

Data collected by the ASU indicates that the most qualified, and committed aged workforce in the State is employed by Local Government and will be lost if service insecurity continues.

It beggars belief that Casey management would jeopardise the continuity of care to our most vulnerable community members and create further insecure work for aged care workers, all the while refusing to be open and transparent.

A conference at the Fair Work commission will be held on Tuesday 26 November where the ASU will present its case that the City of Casey has failed in its obligation to consult with your union.

Members will be updated once this conference has concluded.

If members wish to discuss the review or have any further information please contact your Organiser, Joanne McEvoy, on the below contact details.

Your ASU representatives fight hard to ensure your rights are protected at work.  By increasing our numbers and strength we can and will continue to fight to improve your working lives.

Pass this newsletter on to a non-member and ask them to join the ASU online today via https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Joanne McEvoy | 0437 035 721 | jmcevoy@asuvictas.com.au

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