After well-attended members meetings, ASU delegates and officials met with Council on Tuesday 27 October.
It was fantastic to have members provide such clear feedback – job security is the key issue! Members are worried about the future, as permanent positions seem to disappear and use of external (contractors and agency) staff creeps up. Annual Reports back some members reports, that Band 3 and 4 positions are declining.
At the EA meeting, the ASU worked through the rationale of our proposed employment security clauses, including use of agency/labour hire, external contactors, staffing levels, workloads and casuals. A key part of these claims is acknowledging the current skills mix and staffing levels, striving to maintain or expand them. At this point Council is not prepared to fully commit to this. We met resistance to our push to minimise the use of agency/labour hire, however there may be some openness to prioritising additional hours and overtime to permanent staff. More responses to come.
Following members’ feedback we put a pay position to Council of $27 or 2%, in line with the previous agreement and the rates increase. This is on the basis that members were reluctant to lock in a below-average pay offer for 3 years.
Council will respond to the ASU further, with next meeting on 11 November, and bring those answers back to you.
Your delegates have continued to do fantastic work to make sure your voices are heard! If you have any questions or further information please reach out to them.
The pandemic has highlighted two things- the vital role Council workers play in delivering services to the community and the dangers of insecure work. Councils can play a leading role – providing quality secure jobs to keep high quality service to communities and rate payers.
Please circulate this email to all other staff members, it’s quick and easy for them to join us online at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin as we continue to fight for our conditions- we are stronger together.