Local government workers provide vital frontline services to the community. But years of underfunding and cost-shifting by the state and federal governments, together with rate capping, have hit councils hard. There is a funding crisis about to hit Local Government, and now is the time for ASU members to fight back.
The COVID -19 pandemic has shown just how excessive the use of casuals is in Local Government. With many being stood down and treated unfairly. Whilst we acknowledge there is a valid reason for using casuals to cover short term skills gaps the use of casuals at your Council appears excessive.
Figures provided by council show that 348 staff are engaged as casuals. The ASU has requested data to show how many of those 348 have been engaged for more than 6 months and we are still waiting for this information to be provided to us.
We are calling on Greater Shepparton City Council to convert casuals who work regular or systematic hours to permanent staff and to give all casuals access to paid special leave if they are required to self-isolate or are diagnosed with COVID-19.
Casual workers have no access to sick leave. A lot of them are also underemployed and do not get enough hours to live on. This means that they often go to work when they are sick, their only choice if they want to pay their bills and eat.
Under your enterprise agreement casuals have the right to convert to permanent employment after 6 months. We call on Greater Shepparton City Council to immediately honour this obligation and provide the requested data.
Workplaces that do not provide support to workers to declare potential illnesses are increasing the risk to everyone.
What can you do?
- Have you been casual for more than 6 months? Contact ASU Organiser Hayley Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if you are eligible for permanency.
- The union movement is calling on the Morrison government to guarantee 2 weeks paid special leave for all workers. Sign the petition here to show your support.
- Are you or have you been casual or do you have concerns about the use of casuals? Tell us your story.
- Forward this to a casual worker or non-member and ask them to join the ASU at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
For further information please contact one of your local ASU Delegates or
ASU Organiser Hayley Davies | email@example.com