As members throughout local government would know, the ASU launched campaign efforts to ensure job security for local government workers in the face of COVID-19.
ASU members’ efforts in campaigning have not gone unnoticed. We’ve had hundreds of signatures on our petitions and more than 2,000 e-mails were sent to state and federal MPs and Senators earlier this month.
But, there are a couple of simple things you can do right now:
- Call or e-mail Peter Gutwein and Mark Shelton’s offices and ask that they provide support to protect local government jobs.
You can find their contact details here.
- Join our Tasmanian Local Government Employees Facebook group:
- Ensure your colleagues all join YOUR union, the ASU.
- Pick up the phone and call your local Organiser if something doesn’t seem right.
The ASU recognises the significant financial pressures on Tasmanian councils but we expect that community support won’t come at the cost of council jobs. Council employees will play critical roles during, and throughout recovery from, COVID-19.
We have called on federal and state governments to provide support for councils. The decision to not provide JobKeeper to Local Government employees made clear that any support required would be a responsibility for state government.
Following countless letters and calls to the Premier and Minister, they wrote to every Tasmanian council with directions that:
“councils should endeavour to retain as many employees as possible during this challenging period and that to do this councils will need to adopt different budget and financial positioning strategies than have traditionally been required. Where appropriate, councils should also redirect staff to support their COVID-19 response measures and community relief and recovery initiatives”.
Additionally, the federal government has made it easier for employers to cut workers’ pay and conditions by fast-tracking changes to enterprise agreements by allowing just one days’ notice of a vote.
If you hear about a variation to your enterprise agreemrent, you MUST notify the ASU immediately.
We’ve written again to all General Managers and Councillors and have also public questions to every Council meeting across the state to ensure workers are being considered in every decision and at every level of council.
The ASU is ensuring we are well-positioned in the months ahead to support you and to support local government and the important work you do across Tasmania.
Stay safe. We are only a phone call or an e-mail away.