• General Mills: Your workers deserve secure work and fair pay!
    General Mills is one of the largest food manufacturing companies in the world and made more than $26 billion in 2019-2020. Workers at General Mills manufacturing site in Rooty Hill NSW have experienced rampant casualisation and low wage growth. Throughout 2020 and 2021, as essential workers, we worked extra-long hours to keep up with massive increases in demand during the pandemic. We thought this would mean that General Mills would listen to our demands: But we were wrong! Many of us have been at General Mills for more than 10 years and we’ve helped the company grow and become very profitable in Australia. Despite this, many of our casual labour hire co-workers have been in insecure work for more than five years and desperately want a good, permanent job!
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    Created by General Mills NSW workers Picture
  • OPEN LETTER OF JOINT DEMANDS: COVID19 VICTORIAN LOCKDOWN
    Victorian renters are overrepresented in casual work and will lose more than a week’s income that is urgently needed to pay rent. Victorian renters including older renters are already facing eviction, including self-evicting due to significant rental stress and Notices To Vacate since the COVID19 protections were lifted. Renters in significant hardship are facing rental increases in some cases by 25% in regional areas, as well as compounded COVID19 rental debt in addition to standard rental payments since the moratorium legislation was lifted on March 29th. Insecure, casual and low income workers are in significant insecurity and displacement since income support measures and the Rental Moratorium were scrapped from March 29th. Temporary Visa holders have been hit with extreme debt and forced into repayment of up to $20,000 in JobKeeper payments, as well as student and rental debts.
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    Created by Renters And Housing Union VIC Picture
  • Demand a Fairer NDIS
    Independent assessments are intended to reduce spending on NDIS participants. They are part of government efforts to contain costs in the NDIS. These cuts will only increase the number of disabled people unable to access proper support and funding, and will force many disabled people into precarious positions. The cuts to the NDIS will also drive down pay and conditions for disability and mental health workers. The government says it will not introduce IAs until the second IA trial and further consultations have happened. But whatever they end up proposing, the government's plans are clear: to cut spending and exclude people from the NDIS. But we can stop them. Disabled people, disability and mental health workers, and our supporters can band together to show the widespread opposition to IAs and demand a fairer NDIS for all.
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  • Australian Services Union community sector members are ESSENTIAL not Expendable
    ASU members in the sector are calling on the Andrews state government to work with the ASU to implement the following reforms; 1. Secure Employment a. Set as a condition of funding that community sector agencies engage their staff as on-going staff rather than fixed term, other than for genuine fixed term staff leave replacements. b. Casual employment to only be used for genuine casual vacancies. 2. Workplace Fairness a. Set as a condition of funding that community sector agencies: i. Be bound by a codified DFFH dispute process similar to the COVID-19 dispute process ii. Have a family violence policy approved between the DFFH, ASU and the community sector iii. Agree to allow the ASU to access staff as part of the agencies’ induction process 3. Longer Funding Terms a. The government to fund agencies for at least 5 year terms as part of each program ( other than genuine pilot programs). 4. Sector Sustainability and Reform a. The state government should establish and resource a community sector sustainability and reform committee chaired by the lead Minister and with members including the ASU and DFFH community sector peaks. b. The committee should have oversight of; i. Sector wide workforce issues / requirements ii. Sector wide training issues / requirements Please sign the petition to tell the Andrews government that essential community service workers are not expendable!
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  • Restore cleaning hours at Bennett Road Public School and stop the cuts!
    The cleaners at Bennett Road Public School in Colyton have just had their hours cut. The NSW Government is putting the health and safety of children, teachers and other staff on the line by cutting cleaning hours. Before the pandemic, cleaners in NSW schools were already struggling to do the job well in the limited time they were given. Now in the middle of a pandemic they are slashing their cleaning time just to save a few bucks. Sign this petition calling for the Bennett Road school cleaners' hours to be restored and for further cuts to NSW cleaning hours to be ruled out entirely. No school deserves to have their cleaning hours cut.
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  • Don't Sell Out VicRoads Workers
    Disgracefully the Andrews Labor Government has announced they plan to enter into a "joint venture" (ie privatisation) of VicRoads. VicRoads workers need your support! However you spin it, this will put jobs, wages and conditions at risk. We could also see big increases in registration costs, the closure of customer service centres, and your data made available to the private sector. ASU members have told us repeatedly that remaining in the public sector is the most important issue to them. It is important that these wishes are heard throughout this process, and we don’t have a Labor government forcing workers out of these good secure jobs. We call on the Government to halt this process, and to ensure all VicRoads workers remain in the public sector and do not pay the price for successive Government failures to deal with an ageing IT system.
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    Created by Lisa Darmanin, Branch Secretary ASU Vic Tas Picture
  • Keep Our Commbank Open
    The Commonwealth Bank is withdrawing their services from Logan Central Plaza, a move that will impact hundreds of local pensioners, not-for-profit groups, families and local business. Distressed residents from the local community are coming to me asking for help to reverse this mean-spirited decision. The planned closure is outrageous and lacking in community spirit. I regularly hold mobile offices at Logan Central Plaza and the queues to get into the bank can span the frontage of several shop tenancies. The people who frequent the bank then go on to spend money in the local shopping centre which in turn supports local jobs. Moving the bank away from the centre will move the spending capacity of local residents. This quiet closure of the local bank has come at a time when business is just starting to get on their feet post-covid, when pensioners are starting to feel confident about heading out to the shops for social outings and when families are receiving an income again. I have written to the Finance Sector Union and the Commonwealth Bank asking for a reversal of the decision. It is important to note that the staff from Commbank know locals, know their circumstances and know their challenges. A lot of clients are aged, come from CALD backgrounds and have trust in the staff that have been servicing their financial needs in a prompt and professional manner for years. I urge residents and community members to sign the petition and let Commbank know we need our local bank branches to be active in our community. Invest in us like we do in you.
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    Created by Teresa Lane
  • Respect cleaners and pay them fairly!
    At ASC, daytime cleaners who are employed part-time copped a 15% wage cut, whilst those doing shift work saw a slash of 21%. The ASC awarded its cleaning contract to Sodexo six years ago. This contractor offered ASC a price based on Hospitality Award wages - not the Cleaning Services Award. This is despite ASC's huge profits - last financial year, it pocketed $22.5 million after tax! Now cleaners are fighting back and demanding a fair pay deal. Stand with them by signing the petition.
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    Created by Jessica Flood
  • Take our wages out of the freezer!
    For over 10 years, the Restaurant and Catering Association has been fighting to freeze hospitality wages. Year on year, submission on submission, they request that the Fair Work Commission hand out a 0% wage increase to restaurant and cafe workers. In 2020 they won – delaying our annual wage increase by 9 months. For the average Casual level 2 worker* that was a loss of $739.83 in wages and $70.28 in superannuation. They cited the pandemic as the cause for the delay. But looking into their submissions, they’ve been asking for a 0% increase as far back as 2011. And they’re asking for it again. “R&CA submits that any increase in the National Minimum Wage for those awards covered under the Group 3 tier should not occur until 1 February 2022.” Freezing the minimum wage again will result in a $980.72* wage cut to the average casual worker*. Another stab in the back for workers already facing the crisis of insecure and casual work. We can’t stand by and let them give us another wage cut. It’s time to stand together and fight for the future of hospitality. Sign our petition today to demand the pay rise we deserve this July. *working 3 weekday shifts and 2 weekend shifts at 7.6hrs per shift. *Assumming 1.75% inflation
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    Created by Dylan Fukakusa-Vickers, Hospo Voice member
  • Save Burnie's Community, Arts and Tourism Services
    Burnie's arts, cultural and tourism sector is growing. Despite a pandemic, Burnie has seen domestic tourism return, and international tourism is on the cards sooner than anybody previously thought. The City claims that their repeated deficits are to blame for these closures. These deficits were created through a reduction in rates, and they were planned for. These deficits are no surprise. Council’s deficit last financial year was just $340,000; just 1% of their annual budget. Council spent over $4 million on contract services last year and are expected to continue along this same trajectory into the future. Many of the services which were contracted out are services which could be done much cheaper in-house; such as cleaning, weed spraying, general construction and asphalt work. Additionally, Council wasted over $550,000 in just five months last year on architectural services for a new Museum and Art Gallery, which will be thrown in the trash if these proposed changes go ahead. It’s this wasteful approach to spending which is causing harm to the budget, not staffing these vital services for this community. The decision to close many of the city's cultural institutions is incredibly short-sighted and extremely damaging to the fabric of Burnie. Burnie City Council's employees worked right through the North-West's COVID-19 outbreak. The livelihoods of these dedicated, long term employees should be a key factor in any decision. These closures will decimate any progress made towards a better Burnie for everyone and will result in a complete loss of vibrancy in the City. The community have made their voices heard. Council has no mandate to close these services. The decision must be reversed.
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    Created by Aaron De La Torre
  • Don't Tear Up Library Funding
    Australian Services Union members throughout South Australia provide crucial library services to our local communities but State Government funding for our libraries runs out on June 30. If Premier Steven Marshall cuts funding to our libraries, local communities will lose access to: books, access to computers and community activities for new mums, the elderly and the wider community. Approximately 80% of the library workforce are women. Cuts to library funding will mean cuts to jobs when South Australia is facing the highest unemployment rate in the country. We need your support to save our libraries.
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  • PERMANENT VISAS FOR ALL WORKERS WHO CALL AUSTRALIA HOME
    Scott Morrison’s visa system favours big businesses at the expense of working people. There are workers who have lived in this country for years, who have families and communities here, and every day do the work that keeps our country running - but who are stuck in limbo from temporary visa to temporary visa. Meanwhile, the government has enabled exploitative employers to churn through a vulnerable temporary migrant workforce with limited rights. We need a fair visa system that puts workers over profit, and that gives every worker a fair chance - no matter where we come from.
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    Created by Migrant Workers Centre