ASU members from the Family Violence Sector have met twice in recent months to discuss sector-wide issues. Our next meeting is as follows;

DATE: Tuesday 5 April
TIME: 12.30pm
REGISTRATION LINK: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtd-6vpzsuHNaDFjI4az7KK9VXy4Uae6mC

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please ensure your agency is represented and invite a colleague to attend.

At the last meeting, we identified the core objectives to guide the work of the network.

These were to:

  • Network and build solidarity for FV sector workers,
  • Make work in the sector more sustainable.
  • Ensure that the work of the sector remains connected to purpose.

Key sector issues emerging;

  • Pay differentials – classification inconsistencies
  • Inadequate pay
  • Workload stress gives staff churn and system bottle-necks
  • Inadequate supervision and support
  • Issues associated with crisis work from home

We discussed concerns about the ongoing gender pay gap and how industrial relations legislation limits capacity to bargain sector-wide. The need for improved funding and job sustainability.

Actions discussed

  • Industrial clams for bargaining – supervision, wages
  • Sector survey on the key issues
  • Funding review and reform
  • Identify issues in PVAW sector
  • Sector conference on these issues.
  • Organising and campaigning steps

Thanks to attendees from 1800 Respect, Gen West, McAuley, EDVOS, Georgina, Safe and Equal and Centre for Non-Violence for your attendance and contributions.

At our next meeting, we will be discussing the release of the survey, sector mapping and next steps toward a sector campaign.

Share this with a colleague today and ask them to join the ASU via https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Jane Karslake | jkarslake@asuvictas.com.au

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