Early this week we had grave concerns after both Liberal and Labor parties were advocating for rate relief for all in the community to help during the COVID-19 crisis. However, we all know that the crisis only deepens with more job losses, and rate relief without adequate government support will force local government to shed jobs.
The ASU, YOUR union, lobbied for, and secured, Labor’s updated position: that government must underwrite council workers jobs if there is rate relief.
Secondly, in Parliament Labor called for the State Government to guarantee every Local Government worker’s job.
Peter Gutwein is quoted in parliament as saying “Local government employ their own staff. I cannot give a guarantee … that those people will remain employed”
While he didn’t give any sort of guarantee, we know that Peter Gutwein doesn’t want to see council workers losing their jobs. He’s quoted again, saying “I [Mr Gutwein] can guarantee that we want to see them [council workers] remain employed and we will work with local government to ensure they can exercise their balance sheet and their operating statement in a way that they probably have not imagined up to this point that they ever would have to”.
While these are promising words from the Premier, we need a clear guarantee on your jobs.
To secure your job:
- JOIN YOUR UNION and make sure your colleagues are doing the same. We’re stronger together. https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
- SIGN THE PETITION calling on the government to underwrite local government wages to ensure your continued employment.
Rest assured, the ASU is by your side and we’ll continue to campaign to ensure jobs in this vital sector are protected.
For more information please contact:
ASU Tasmanian Coordinator Aaron De La Torre | 0427 813 821 | firstname.lastname@example.org
ASU Southern Organiser Samantha Batchelor | 0459 228 612 | email@example.com
ASU Northern Organiser Kath Milbourne (formerly Ryman) | 0429 004 237 | firstname.lastname@example.org
ASU Southern Organiser Karen Tantari | 0472 512 484 | email@example.com
ASU North West Organiser Jess Cassidy | 0497 649 462 | firstname.lastname@example.org