ASU Organisers and Delegates have been meeting regularly to discuss how members are managing during this difficult time.

Local government workers at Hume in Youth, Community services, libraries and leisure have all been affected by closures and, while Council has provided alternative duties in other areas and a roster rotation for those affected staff, there are still some concerns for long term casuals who are not being engaged where work is available.

Casual workers are living with insecure working conditions and are usually underemployed and, as such, do not get enough hours to live on.

We are concerned that by not engaging casual workers this will only further expose them to the consequences of insecure work and poverty.

We know that Local Government workers provide vital frontline services to the community and there is still work to do in many areas so, If you are a long-term casual who has been let go due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASU encourages you to write to HR outlining your circumstances requesting that you be redeployed into alternative work.

Library services across Local Government are busier than ever, including Hume, with staff keeping busy with home delivery, packing, digital services, and some working from home. This is good news. The ASU will be raising concerns with management, as there are clear examples of ongoing permanent work for some staff in Libraries, and to review the present leave arrangements given the volume of work available.

For workers who have been redeployed into other roles, we have heard that the calculations of those hours available are on base hours only and not on previous hours worked. Most concerningly, members have been reporting that there seems to be some inconsistency in this approach.

Some issues that have come up with working from home arrangements include no consultation on the Working from Home policy, lengthy, time-consuming weekly plan templates to be filled out, which can take hours to do, and report backs on the time taken to do tasks.

The ASU and your Delegates will continue to meet regularly with Council on these matters.

We still have a long way to go over the next few weeks, so speak to your ASU Delegates and encourage non-members to join the ASU which is fighting hard for everyone.

Please circulate this newsletter to all other staff members and put on your notice boards and in your lunchrooms and encourage non-members to join their union.

The ASU, as always, are BY YOU SIDE

For further information please contact: one of your ASU delegate team or
ASU Organiser Sean McCourt | 0419 506 178 |
ASU Campaign Organiser Hayley Davies | 0428 161 681 |

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