Last week members attended an online member meeting to discuss concerns happening around Moonee Valley, and they requested that all members be provided with a recap of the meeting.
Consultation with management
Consultation around COVID-19 did not get off to a smooth start at Moonee Valley, but your delegates pushed back and are now meeting with management weekly.
ASU representatives have raised issues with management about the lack of consultation, particularly in libraries, children’s services and home care. This has resulted in improved processes and staff being given more of a say compared to the start of lockdown.
Your representatives are continuing to try to address problems of nepotism, bullying and poor culture at Moonee Valley, and all members are encouraged to get in touch with your delegates if you want something raised with management.
Moonee Valley was the first Council to shut libraries and the first Council to rush to reopen them on June 1. Members are concerned that this decision was made too quickly, and are pushing their managers to address OHS concerns.
The ASU wants management to set up weekly local meetings with library employees so that OHS concerns can be addressed more quickly.
Library delegates from around the state are continuing to meet regularly to share information about best practices when it comes to managing OHS in libraries during COVID-19.
Direct Care Workers
There have been two meetings for Direct Care Workers regarding new contracts and position descriptions for staff who are currently on short-term contracts.
Please be aware that no permanent staff member will be forced to take on the new position description, and short term contracted staff are set to be offered permanent roles in the next two months.
The next ASU members meeting will happen on Thursday 2 July at 9am.