Local government workers provide vital frontline services to the community. But years of underfunding and cost-shifting by the state and federal governments, together with rate capping, have hit councils hard. There is a funding crisis about to hit Local Government, and now is the time for ASU members to fight back.
One of the effects of underfunding is excessive use of casuals. Whilst we acknowledge there is a valid reason for using casuals to cover short term skills gaps the use of casuals at the RDF is excessive.
Figures provided by Council show that 27 staff had been engaged as casuals for more than 6 months. Of those, 13 have been engaged as casuals for more than 5 years.
Casual workers have no access to sick leave. A lot of them are also underemployed and do not get enough hours to live on. This means that they often go to work when they are sick, their only choice if they want to pay their bills and eat.
We are calling on Wyndham City Council to convert casuals who work regular or systematic hours to permanent staff and to give all casuals access to paid special leave if they are required to self isolate or diagnosed with Covid-19.
Under your enterprise agreement casuals have the right to convert to permanent employment after 12 months after completing regular or systematic hours. The Australian Services Union have written to Council requesting permanent employment for these casual employees. We call on Wyndham City Council to immediately honour this obligation as per the Enterprise Agreement.
What can you do?
- Have you been casual for more than 12 months? Contact Brendan Parkinson to find out if you are eligible for permanency.
- The union movement is calling on the Morrison government to guarantee 2 weeks paid special leave for all workers. Sign the petition here to show your support.
- Are you or have you been casual or do you have concerns about the use of casuals? Tell us your story.
- Forward this to a casual worker or non-member and ask them to join online at https://www.asuvictas.com.au/asu-recruitment-competition/
For further information please contact one of your ASU Delegates
ASU Organiser Brendan Parkinson | firstname.lastname@example.org