The ASU would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.

The holiday period is a time when families and friends gather to celebrate or just to enjoy each other’s company.

But it can be a difficult time of year for some members of our community. So if you or someone you know is having a particularly hard time, Lifeline provides 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline’s confidential telephone crisis support service is available 24/7 on 13 11 14.

Many dedicated ASU members who provide the services Australians rely on every day will still be hard at work over the holiday period and the union will still be there to support them.

ASU support to members across Victoria and Tasmania
The ASU is there to provide support to members. So even though our office will be closed from noon on Tuesday 24 December and re-open on Thursday 2 January, we’ll still be there to provide urgent advice and support.

During the period between Christmas and the New Year, our Member Contact Centre will be staffed with a skeleton crew to support members needing urgent advice or assistance. The Member Contact Centre can be contacted on 1300 855 570 or at

A year of wins for members
The ASU exists only for the benefit of members and this year we have achieves some real wins that have made a difference to member’s lives. We have also recruited new members to our union that makes us a stronger voice for workers.

  • We recruited over 3,400 new members to our union.
  • We ran over 400 Change the Rules meetings across 2 states between January and-April
  • We secured $2million in redundancy payments for members at Maribyrnong Council that the council did not want to pay
  • We took a stand against family violence within the union movement
  • Legislated portable long service leave became a reality for Victorian SACS members
  • A number of our rank and file delegates lobbied Senators, including Jacqui Lambie, as part of the campaign against Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s attack on unions.
  • We saw industrial action at more employers this year than in the last few years
  • We slapped the Victorian Government over its unfair wages policy and on plans to privatise VicRoads.

But most importantly we had hundreds of wins for individual members, finalized dozens of enterprise agreements, and staved off contracting out of member’s jobs in-home care, school crossings, environmental health and waste.

For members who are taking a break over the next few weeks, we wish you all the joys of the season.

But because ASU members deliver the services Australians rely on every day, some members will be working while most people are taking a break from work and sending time with friends or family. To these members, we add a very large thank you for the work you do for our communities.

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