The COVID-19 pandemic is having very real impacts on all parts of Australia.

Every local council across Victoria is being affected with social distancing causing the closure of libraries, leisure centres and many offices where councils deliver face-to-face services.

This is not an excuse for councils to stand down hundreds of people or to stop giving casual staff shifts.

Taking the lead on this important issue, last week branch secretary Lisa Darmanin wrote to Premier Dan Andrews asking that the government take steps to secure the jobs of local government workers. You can read Lisa’s letter to Premier Andrews here.

ASU officials also had contact with the Premier’s office and the Minister for Local Government’s office on this most important issue.

In response to the ASU’s strong advocacy, the Minister for Local Government released a statement today urging local councils not to dismiss or stand-down staff.

In March we also wrote to every Victorian council asking how they plan to treat their staff and we have compiled the responses that we have received. You can check out where your council sits on the local government naughty or nice list here.

The ASU has been active on a national level too.

National secretary Robert Potter has written to the Prime Minister proposing a series of actions to secure the jobs of local government workers across the country, including 52,000 local government workers here in Victoria. You can read Robert’s letter here.

At every level, from workplace delegates to our branch and national secretaries, the Australian Services Union is by your side.

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