Some Councils have stood workers down with no pay or limited assistance in response to stage 4 restrictions. This information comes following your union’s request that all councils should continue to pay all employees in the event stage 4 covid-19 restrictions required employees to be absent from work.

In many cases these employees have been advised of Councils decision with no genuine consultation and no ability to seek alternative employment. Some members have been stood down with no pay, and have no personal leave to fall back on.

The ASU does not support this decision and remain adamant that employee’s across local government must be paid their usual wages in the event they are stood down. The cost to council is minimal, with a high personal cost on individual staff.

The Council’s that have chosen not to pay their employees whilst being stood down are:

Casey Council –190 school crossing supervisors.
Stonnington Council – 30 library staff.
Boroondara council – 22 school crossing supervisors
City of Port Phillip – Library staff roster cut to 50%
Glen Eira – 20 Library staff stood down
Franston –  18 Library staff stood down

All Councils are either still collecting full rates from ratepayers or accepting  hardship requests from residents. Most of the employees stood down have already received funding to support their programs, budgets are already in place for the next financial year so why are these Councils the only ones in the State not to pay their workforce?

55 of the 79 councils and regional shires so far have applied to the Victorian State Government  Working For Victoria jobs program. The Councils listed above have all made WFV applications but are saying there are no redeployment opportunities for their own staff. It makes no sense at all.

Local Government workers need your help:

Please take the time to sign this megaphone petition demanding councils reinstate, redeploy or pay their employees immediately! Council’s should not be saving money while short-changing employee’s during this covid-19 pandemic.

Please like our Facebook page and spread the word about councils that have stood-down workers.

Please email Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg calling on him to expand the federal JobKeeper program to local government now!


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