Some local government employers are doing everything they can to support their communities by retaining staff.

There is plenty of work to do and innovative councils are redeploying staff to deliver community services like meals on wheels or increasing the cleaning and maintenance of public spaces.

But others are needlessly standing down permeant workers and not giving casual workers any shifts.

And when that happens ASU officials, organisers, delegates, and members are working to retain jobs across the local government sector.

We have negotiated with Council CEOs and General Managers to avoid stand-downs and ASU delegates are proposing new work practices that allow people to keep working while social distancing.

The ASU’s expert in-house legal team is also working to keep members working and pushing back hard against unnecessary stand-downs.

We took the City of Ballarat to the Fair Work Commission and won concessions that got hundreds of people back to work when their employer wanted to stand them down.

And the last fortnight alone we have had hearings in the Fair Work Commission to try to stop unnecessary stand-downs at Burnie City Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation, and the City of Kingston. And next week hearings are scheduled for Campaspe Shire Council and Maroondah City Council.

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