Acting Premier Jeremey Rockliff speaking on public sector union won wage increases said:

“We know the Budget and the economy have taken a hit from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we also recognise the importance of continued local economic stimulus, and any wage increase assists broader spending and confidence in our economy.”

This mirrors what ASU members have been saying.

Thanks to ASU members you will now be afforded a say with Enterprise Bargaining officially commencing.

Union Meetings – Tuesday 27 October
7.15am | Depot
9.30am | Landfill
10.30am | Chambers Committee Room

ASU Bargaining Team
To participate, contact Sam Batchelor | 0459 228 612 | ASAP.

Training is available this Thursday and you will be released from duties.

Meetings will kick off fortnightly: Tuesdays’: 3 & 17 November, 1 & 15 December: 9.15am – 11.30am

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Council’s Finances
Contracting out, labour-hire, use of consultants, management salary increases, sale of land, buildings, refurbishments, and more are areas our members raise as in competition to their fair and reasonable requests. Disappointingly, Council refuses to answer these questions.

We’ve hit similar roadblocks when requesting the cost of a salary increase. Council papers disclose $339k as a 2.5% increase for all operational staff. As a basis to guide members in deciding on a wage claim, the ASU estimates a nominal 2.5% increase for operational employees covered by the Enterprise Agreement would likely cost about $200k per annum.

Freezing wages will not significantly change Council’s budget line, but it will hurt hundreds of worker’s household budgets and the communities in which we live, work and spend. Council also needs to commit to protecting workers conditions and to secure jobs.

Get active and circulate this message to your non-member colleagues and ask them to join us in our stand for a fair deal.

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