The Victorian state government have committed to a Fair Jobs Code for workers in the community sector. This commitment has only come as a result of campaigning and lobbying by ASU members. We will keep pushing for the code to provide secure work, workplace fairness, longer finding terms, and sector sustainability and reform. The indexation of community sector organisations’ funding was also included in the Budget.
You will soon hear about ways that you can get involved in contributing to the content of the code.
Not so good budget news
In a cut to the sector that will affect vulnerable clients and workers, there were funding cuts (from pandemic record highs) to programs, including the Homelessness to Home program and Alcohol and Other Drugs treatment and prevention. It defies belief that the state government would cut services like these while the pandemic continues.
State government looks to revise woeful wages cap
As part of the Budget, the government announced a review of the state wages policy for the public sector and public service workers. The current policy, strongly opposed by the ASU, is for 1.5% wage increases which will push workers backwards as the cost of living increases.
Disappointingly the government did not announce any change to the disastrous rate capping policy that is suppressing local government workers’ wages. We will keep pushing the Andrews Government to address the scourge of insecure work and wage suppression in the local government sector.