As part of the ASU’s commitment to protecting, promoting and improving the working conditions and entitlements of members we are having regular Delegates Network Meetings. The meetings bring together members from different industries to talk about issues affecting...
“Am I being bullied?” It is important to remember that someone acting inappropriately or unfairly towards you might, but does not always constitute workplace bullying. The Fair Work Act defines workplace bullying as occurring when “an individual or group of...
The Anna Stewart Memorial Project encourages more women to be active in unions. And this last month Fiona Catanuso, an ASU delegate from Yarra City Council records department, was part of this exciting program. Fiona spent half of the two weeks of the program at...
Since the last E-News, elections for our branch of the ASU have been completed. Along with Deputy Branch Secretary Michelle Jackson, and Assistant Branch Secretaries Leon Wiegard and Melissa Wainwright, we are grateful for the strong support from members and honoured...
As part of the ASU’s commitment to protecting, promoting and improving the working conditions and entitlements of members we are having regular Member Network Meetings. The meetings bring together members from different industries to talk about issues affecting their...
The ASU has members in diverse industries and the Victorian state budget can affect the work of many ASU members. Because of the impact the Victorian state budget can have on members in state authorities like VicRoads, local government, the social and community...
Thank you for putting this out. I feel so much better knowing that my union has spoken out so strongly 💗
This is why I'm #ASUProud
Can you please post the text on this post?
I literally cannot load the site and I’m on NBN.
Site doesn't load.
Thanks for your leadership ASU.
Luba Grigorovitch and RTBU Victoria?
It’s time to step up!
This goes beyond power and friendship this goes to what is RIGHT!
Speak up for your female members!
Setka is a LIABILITY!
Why can't I open this statement on my phone?
Get OUT SETKA!
“No reasons” to go eh Setka?
‘Among the vile texts were: “Your dad would be so proud of you, you turned into a drunken moron … you weak f----n piece of s — t” and “You’re a c — t just like the rest of your family”.
The police witness statement also reveals how the terrified woman put a device under her door to prevent someone being able to enter, even if they had a key, but Mr Setka broke the door down.
Allegations made to police also included Mr Setka throwing an iPad at the woman’s face and pushing her down the stairs.’
This win makes a big difference to ASU members. This from an ASU delegate Liane at Maribyrnong tells the whole story...
"THANK YOU SO MUCH MAURICE BLACKBURN AND ASU. We were under tremendous pressure and stress during this time. ALL homecare ASU members were elated at the decision of the Federal Court yesterday. Unions are vital to protect the worker and the ASU again stood strong with their members.....an absolutely brilliant outcome. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. ... See MoreSee Less
'Aged-care workers win battle for redundancy payments from Maribyrnong Council'
Rachel Clayton, email@example.com, Maribyrnong Leader
June 5, 2019 12:15pm
Sixty aged-care workers are celebrating after the Federal Court ruled Maribyrnong Council must pay them more than $2 million in redundancy entitlements.
The council announced in February it would outsource all aged-care positions to not-for-profit organisation Uniting AgeWell.
Staff would be able to work for the new provider under the same conditions until 2020, after which their contracts would change.
However, months before the announcement was even made, the council launched pre-emptive Federal Court proceedings to avoid paying redundancy entitlements.
Last week it lost its fight and was ordered to fork out $2.37 million to outgoing aged-care staff.
A worker of more than 20 years, who did not want to be named, said the ruling was a massive win for staff.
“This has now given us a choice. The council said originally that we could take the new position or resign,” she said.
“I was going to move (to Uniting AgeWell) because there was going to be no redundancy but now I could take early retirement.”
Maribyrnong Council did not respond to questions about how much the court case cost ratepayers.
Maurice Blackburn lawyer Kamal Farouque, who represented the workers, said Maribyrnong Council claimed it was not required to pay redundancy entitlements.
“The court has decided that the enterprise agreement gives workers that right if they lose their council jobs due to redundancy,” Ms Farouque said.
“Many other local government council enterprise agreements have similar provisions. So, the decision (sets) an important precedent.”
Australian Services Union Secretary Lisa Darmanin slammed the council for trying to avoid its financial obligations.
“It shows extraordinary disregard for longstanding workers that a local council would try to pre-emptively deny workers their entitlements by taking Federal Court action,” Ms Darmanin said.
However Maribyrnong Council community services director Clem Gillings said the council had filed the pre-emptive court proceedings to “clarify” its employment agreement.
“ … including understanding our obligations relating to redundancies as the employment agreement clauses were unclear,” she said.
“Council will absolutely meet all of the confirmed entitlements of staff.”
The council did not answer when asked how much the court case had cost ratepayers.
Shame the jobs couldn't stay with Council though. Sad time for Aged Care in Australia.