It has been a tough year for all of us, with many learnings from this pandemic. One major lesson this past year has highlighted are the consequences of insecure work on working people.

Yesterday your ASU delegates and officials met with Council for the Staff Consultative Committee.

Addressing insecure work has been the ASU’s focus.

Since April, Fixed Term Contracts have reduced from 104 to 90 with 13 of those being made permanent in the last month and more to be offered.

Agency use has dropped 40 to 29 and 10 casual conversion offers. This is a huge WIN for those staff who were in precarious insecure work, particularly in this difficult time. The ASU will continue to monitor this and encourage members to get in touch if you believe you should be offered permanency.

Why is insecure work a problem?
Around 20% of all local government employees are now casual!

The growth of insecure work is no accident. Employers have discovered many ways to move workers from secure to insecure forms of employment.

These strategies include using labour-hire/agency companies to create triangular employment relationships avoiding any employment accountability; using casuals and multiple fixed short term contracts to avoid workers acquiring benefits that are only applicable to those permanent positions and the list goes on.

Casual jobs, short-term contracts and labour-hire prevent people from properly planning for their future or managing their household.

Employers are using labour-hire as a vehicle to outsource work, undermine collective bargaining and the rights of workers to avoid accountability and transparency to the unions and its members covered by the agreements.

Please talk to a non-member and ask them to join online today at https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Hayley Davies | 0428 161 681 | hdavies@asuvictas.com.au

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