Last week, ASU Officers spoke with a number of Geelong State and Federal MPs about the harsh and premature action taken by Geelong Council to stand down over 500 staff without pay across leisure and recreation.
Like us, they could not understand why at a time when governments across the country are reaching deep into their pockets to support workers and the people in their community, Geelong Council was so quick to shirk its own responsibilities.
The ASU has also raised this matter with the Victorian Premier and the Minister for Local Government calling for urgent action to be taken.
The ASU has asked Council why they are not using the large amounts of money set aside for projects which will not be happening in the near future to pay their staff.
We think the Geelong community, as a workers’ city, would expect no less!
ASU members held our first meeting via video conference last week which provided valuable input on the issues you are facing at work, and direction on how your employer should address them.
We will be holding another similar video conference meeting for all CoGG members (especially those who have been stood down) this week so keep an eye out for the details and try to come along and share your experiences and views.
If you know someone who is not yet an ASU member send them the link and ask them to get involved!