The Australian Services Union welcomes the JobKeeper (wage subsidy) payment as a positive step toward the union movement’s calls for greater support for workers.
Despite generally supporting the JobKeeper payment, there are serious issues that the federal government needs to address in eligibility and delivery of financial support.
We are particularly concerned with the eligibility of public sector organisations like local government, the amount and timing of the payment, and eligibility for casuals with less than 12 months continuous service.
The Australian Services Union wants the Tasmanian Liberal Government to underwrite local government and provide a jobs guarantee for local government workers. We have no guarantees workers in local government will be eligible to receive the wage subsidy/ Job keeper payments announced yesterday. Local government workers to date, have missed out on the guarantees the State Government have afforded to public servants who provide public services AND the Job Seeker payment from the Federal Liberal Government.
Underwriting the jobs of local government workers will guarantee the ongoing delivery of critical services through the pandemic and at the early stages of recovery.
The Federal Liberal Government can also help local government workers and ensure the community services they provide. They can guarantee councils across the country are eligible for the Job Keeper payments.
What can you do?
- Continue to circulate and sign our petition
- Write or call State Liberal Government Members of Parliament and your Federal Liberal Government Members of Parliament with a clear message that local government workers have been left behind.
- Make sure you are a member of YOUR UNION, the ASU, and tell your workmates to join https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
As always, Organisers are only an e-mail or phone call away if you are having trouble in the workplace.
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 | 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
Stay safe and well.
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