ASU members in local government provide the services that the community relies on every day.

These services have never been more important than they are now during the Coronavirus pandemic, despite this, we have already seen some Councils attempting to shut down services needlessly.

Last week we wrote to all CEO’s in local government. We want:

  • Staff who can continue to work safely, to continue to work;
  • Staff who can work from home to be permitted and assisted to work from home;
  • Where staff (including casual and labour hire staff) can’t work for any reason relating to COVID-19 that they continue to be paid.
  • Management to consult with ASU Delegates, Health & Safety Representatives and staff regarding all of the above.

We have requested a response by close of business Monday and will advise you of your CEO’s response early next week.

The ASU has been campaigning with the broader union movement for wage subsidies to be paid to employers to keep people in employment.  Wage subsidies are good for workers, good for business and good for the economy.  Wage subsidies will give non-essential workers the ability to stay home and follow the best health advice during this pandemic and will keep all essential workers employed to do their job.

Yesterday, after pressure from the union movement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that there would be some sort of wage guarantee but gave no details of how it would work. Given the governments previous track record we suspect that it will not be enough.

Even though not all of us can take physical action in our workplaces and communities, the union movement is still able to fight for a fair and decent plan for working people, to get us all through this crisis. We can still take collective action wherever we are right now, using our phones and our computers.

On Monday night, Sally McManus will host a special online mass meeting at 6PM to talk about the campaign ahead. You can join in on Facebook on Monday 30 March from 6PM.

And, on Tuesday the union movement is doing something new. There is a national day of action, an online picket line to hold Scott Morrison accountable. Join from 8AM on Tuesday 31 March to demand a fair guaranteed wage subsidy for all working people.

Don’t forget to forward this to your workmates and ask them to join your union, the ASU.

Want to know more about your rights at work and COVID-19? Check here first https://www.actu.org.au/coronavirus/your-rights-at-work-faq#wfh

The ASU team are all working remotely now and fighting harder than ever to support you in these tough times.  We are only a phone call or an email away. If you need support please contact your ASU Delegate or the ASU Member Contact Centre on 1300855570 or info@asuvictas.com.au

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