Local government workers provide vital frontline services to the community. But years of underfunding and cost-shifting by the state and federal governments, together with rate capping, have hit councils hard.
There is a funding crisis about to hit Local Government, and now is the time for ASU members to fight back.
One of the effects of underfunding is excessive use of casuals. Whilst we acknowledge there is a valid reason for using casuals to cover short term skills gaps the use of casuals at your Council is excessive.
Figures provided by Council show that 179 staff had been engaged as casuals for more than 6 months and some for years.
Casual workers have no access to sick leave. A lot of them are also underemployed and do not get enough hours to live on. This means that they often go to work when they are sick, their only choice if they want to pay their bills and eat.
We are calling on Frankston City Council to convert casuals who work regular or systematic hours to permanent staff and to give all casuals access to paid special leave if they are required to self-isolate or diagnosed with COVID-19.
Under your enterprise agreement casuals have the right to convert to permanent employment after 6 months. We call on Frankston to immediately honour this obligation.
What can you do?
- Have you been casual for more than 6 months? Contact Martin McDonald to find out if you are eligible for permanency.
- Forward this to a casual worker or non-member and ask them to join the ASU
It’s easy for anyone who is not yet a member of the ASU to join online at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
For further information please contact: one of your ASU Delegates or
ASU Organiser Martin McDonald | 0418 513 379 | firstname.lastname@example.org