Just over two weeks ago, the ASU was sent a two sentence email to let us know that Banyule would be putting their home care service out to tender. The decision to tender the service was not discussed with ASU officials or the workers impacted, the first we saw of it was the advertisement that would be going in the paper.
Members in Home and Community Care came together shortly after the announcement to discuss their options. While Banyule had moved to withdraw from Home Care in 2018, the decision to tender out the service was a new one that had been finalized before undertaking consultation.
The ASU is seeking for this decision to be postponed until proper consultation can take place. Home Care workers want nothing more but to have a say in their future, and for the Enterprise Agreement to be followed. We have now written to the CEO twice about this issue with no response. If we do not receive a response today, we will be filing a dispute with the Fair Work Commission.
What you can do to help
If you know anyone who works in Home and Community Care, make sure they are getting this information from the ASU and that they are a member. Without strong membership in this area, management will be able get away with doing whatever they want, so there has never been a more important time to join. It’s easy for anyone to join online at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin