The insecurities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic have compounded the already insecure nature of work in local government. Many local government workers are now in insecure work and face an uncertain future as we start to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the pandemic.
The ASU recently made a series of proposals to the state government to address the insecure employment that is now a reality for many local government workers. You can see the proposal here
The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for all workers but has had a disproportionally negative impact on women workers. We have seen layoffs in libraries and leisure, and other areas and for those workers still with a job you are now working harder than ever, more often than not from home while also trying to juggle caring responsibilities.
Given that women workers have suffered the biggest impacts of the pandemic the ASU call on the state government not make the same mistake that the Morrison government made in their recent budget and ignore women workers.
Local government workers need fair funding and secure employment if the state government are going to expect you to deliver the desperately needed services that you provide to Victorians.