Recently the ASU has been contacted about several OH&S concerns within library services.

Some of these issues include incidents related to failures to communicate to staff, staff feeling unsafe and victimised for raising OH&S issues with Council management. After discussing these issues with HR, we reminded them of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Act. Council has acknowledged that communication about a recent incident involving an abusive library patron was not ideal and have committed to informing staff of any future incidents that pose a risk to staff before their shifts.

Council has also committed to displaying a photograph of problematic patrons where it is possible to obtain the photo, in a staff area for staff to be able to identify difficult patrons.

The ASU also informed Council that we have received feedback from several members about feeling uncomfortable and victimised when raising these matters. Council denied this is the case and have advised that no such feedback has been provided to them.

The ASU reiterated to Council that they need to take the feedback seriously. We encourage members to continue to raise OH&S issues with their HSR’s and management; complete incident reports and seek the assistance of the union at any time. Do not fail to raise Health and Safety issues due to fear of ramifications by management and let the ASU and HSR know if the employer is being dismissive or intimidating to staff.

Your membership is your strength, know someone who is not a member? The ASU recruitment competition is underway until September, $500 is up for grabs for the member who recruits the most new members.

For further information please contact: one of your ASU delegate team or
ASU Organiser Jonathan Smallbone | 0417 105 113|
ASU Organiser Hayley Davies | 0428 161 681 |


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