The ASU’s strategy of converting labour hire jobs to permanent positions is paying off for workers.

Just last week the City of Whittlesea agreed to bring 15 labour hire positions ‘in house’ as permanent jobs with council.

This means 15 workers and their families move from the insecurity of labour hire to the security that comes with a permanent position.

Wins like this don’t happen overnight.  They take long term planning and the kind of tenacity shown by City of Whittlesea ASU delegates Rod Undy and Phil Quaife.

Workers in these 15 jobs have been working for up to 7 years for the City of Whittlesea delivering litter collection and other roles for council.

ASU Victoria and Tasmania Branch Secretary Lisa Darmanin congratulated the City of Whittlesea on recognising the long-term need for workers operating out of the works depot in Epping.

“It took a long term strategy and delegates who would not give up, but eventually the City of Whittlesea is giving these workers the security they deserve,” Ms Darmanin said.

“These workers have been working alongside City of Whittlesea staff for up to 7 years and they are finally getting the employment security and conditions  they deserve.”

“At a time when insecure work is on the rise, the ASU is proud to have ensured financial stability for these workers.”

“Contracting out and labour hire are a bad deal for working people and we need to Change the Rules to give more families the financial security the ASU has provided for 15 workers at the City of Whittlesea.”

“The ASU protects promotes and improves the working conditions and entitlements of members.”

“At councils, water authorities, and other essential service providers across Victoria and Tasmania, we will keep fighting for secure work – and we will keep winning,” Ms Darmanin concluded.

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