Port Phillip Childrens services review update

The ASU recently wrote to the CEO asking for an update and information where Council is at with the review. CEO Peter Smith’s response stated that Council has now engaged external advice through PWC to review the parameters, methodology and evidence officers might rely on in developing the business case.

Council is also establishing an expert advisory committee which will consist of 4 staff reps, 4 parents and experts that will provide advice to the officers. ASU delegate Monique Parkes will be nominating to participate as a representative from Clarke St.

We ask members to support Monique’s nomination by nominating her as a staff representative.

If other ASU members are interested in nominating from other centres please do, this will ensure that we have union representation on the committee and members concerns are heard.  Please contact ASU organiser Hayley Davies on 0428 161 681 if you decide to nominate yourself. The ASU believes that Council will be seeking nominations this week.

Save Childcare in Port Phillip UPDATE:

Yesterday, the ASU and members of the SCiPP group including parents and friends met with the new Mayor, Bernadene Voss, at Josh Burns MP’s office, to constructively talk through some of the issues that the ASU and community has had considerable concerns about — and to find out where council’s Childrens Services review is now going.

Cr Voss made an undertaking to provide a progress report, and answers to frequently asked questions. Cr Voss acknowledged that the long silence and lack of clarity from council has caused great anxiety and confusion amongst staff and parents. Cr Voss also said that council will soon make public the Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) review that they commissioned into the early learning business case.

SCIPP’s campaign has helped raise awareness, demonstrated community concerns about saving childcare services in Port Phillip from hurtful changes, and shown just how much council childcare is supported.

We’ll let you know when we hear anything more.

The ASU is the only union for local government workers. The ASU protects, promotes and improves the working conditions and entitlements of our members.

Please this update on to a workmate who is not yet a member of the ASU and ask them to join today. It’s easy to join online at https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

For further information please contact one of your local ASU Delegates or
ASU Organiser Hayley Davies | 0428 161 681 | hdavies@asuvictas.com.au

P.S. We’re Stronger Together – by encouraging your workmates to join the ASU we will have an even stronger voice for workers at the City of Port Phillip. It is easy for anyone who is not yet a member to join online at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

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