Recently the ASU again wrote to the Water Minister Lisa Neville to seek a meeting to discuss members concerns about the outsourcing of water jobs to private providers.

In some cases this is done by outsourcing entire sections such as the Lend Lease maintenance contact at Coliban Water and sometimes it’s a position here and there.

Either way it always results in lower wages and conditions and this state government need to fix it.

ASU members at Western Water are concerned about the recently announced merger of City West Water with Western Water.

We have also written to the Minister seeking guarantees that a condition of the merger will be that the new board can’t sell ASU members jobs to some dodgy private provider and that jobs will stay in the public sector not just on transmission but for the long haul.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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