Australian Services Union (Victoria & Tasmania)
The Australian Services Union Authorities & Services Branch covers Victoria and Tasmania.
Our members hail from diverse industries including local government, social and community services, water, energy, transport, shipping, travel, info tech and - exclusive to Tasmania – airlines and clerical/administration.
We encourage existing and new members to become involved in their union to help build a stronger voice in the workplace. ASU membership is tax deductible, so for job security it pays to belong.
New Campaign Campaigns
10 years overdue - Portable Long Service Leave for SACS workersSACS workers deliver services aimed at helping family violence survivors, providing help to people with alcohol and drug issues, as well as working to help youth in residential care and individuals overcoming mental health problems, among many other services. It is a sector that is underfunded, where the demand for services is endless and in which we are responsible for the well-being of the most vulnerable Victorians. Despite the importance of our work, the pay is low, there are few promotional opportunities and we deal daily with the stresses contact with clients in personal crisis inevitably brings. The State Government has commissioned a feasibility study to look into a portable long service leave scheme for social and community service workers. This government has the opportunity to make our lives a little bit easier. Please add your name in support of our campaign that will care for the carers.2,206 of 3,000 SignaturesCreated by ASU Vic Tas
Play fair with our home care: keep it council runCouncil-run home care enables those in need to live independently at home for as long possible by providing domestic assistance; personal care; respite care; property maintenance; nursing and allied health and social support. The workforce is stable, well trained and committed to providing quality services. Federal policy changes due to come into effect in 2020 threaten the Victorian home care system. Without local government our home care would be poorer - poorer in quality standards, poorer for lack of skilled and experienced workforce and poorer for the loss of $200 million in funding. It is not too late to make policy changes that will protect our system. FEEDBACK ON THE CURRENT SYSTEM: “I’m not as fit as I used to be and now the council provide a carer to help me out but it is the company we old folk get from the staff that attend. You need just see a friendly face and cheery hello, it makes such a difference, we have no one to talk to most days. So the council staff really work miracles. ” “It has been very difficult for my sister to look after my dad who has dementia in the South Australian HACC system which is decentralized. If anything there has been more cut backs and limited support – unless you have the money to pay. Victoria’s council run services are so much better. People who have home carers are able to stay in their own homes and receive better quality care and the carers have better support networks. Councils are vital in funding and staffing.” “I really think it is so important the Council continue to play a role in home care for our community. I’m concerned that this new model will look like the RESI Youth Care System which failed. Council’s have highly skilled staff to run Home and Community Care.” “The chap Arthur who takes us shopping on Thursday is a very good man, he lifts all the shopping on and off the bus and the young lady Emily is the name, she takes us to a market even sometimes with Arthur. There we stroll around with our friends from the bus and have a cup of tea. Yes these people you have on your staff are really something and this we thank Council for. The bus comes to your door and you see the cheery faces of the helpers, it makes your day.” #PlayFairwithHomeCare438 of 500 SignaturesCreated by ASU Vic Tas
Council must retain home care servicesCouncil-run home care enables those in need to live independently at home for as long possible. Being able to retain a sense of independence is so important for mental and emotional health. Our ageing relatives, friends and neighbours deserve to retain the quality care they get from our highly trained Council workers.239 of 300 SignaturesCreated by ASU Vic Tas
A fair vote for Mornington Peninsula Shire Council staffWe are concerned about the voting process on our Enterprise Agreement for the following reasons: • Voting for the Enterprise Agreements will only be able to be completed online and that staff who do not have access to a computer will be denied a vote. • Staff need to input their employee number and Council will be able to track who voted “yes” and who voted “no”. • Many staff will be on leave when the voting takes place including School Crossing Supervisors and staff who work at two leisure centres that shut down for three weeks from 16 December. • Staff will be unable to scrutineer the vote as it will be counted electronically in Queensland. ASU delegates have always been present in previous years to scrutineer the vote count.219 of 300 SignaturesCreated by ASU Vic Tas
Family violence leave should be available to everyone, regardless of employerThe ASU and Victorian councils have shown real leadership on this issue recognising the importance of workplace based strategies to assist victims of family violence, 73 have a Family Violence clause in their agreement. However, there are many employees in this country not covered by agreements whose only hope of receiving any support from their employer is if Family Violence Leave is made available through the NES. I call on you to support victims of family violence to ensure that they can maintain their employment which is critical to putting the violence behind them and rebuilding their lives. A Family Violence Clause recognises that employees experiencing violence often need paid leave from their employment to keep themselves and their families safe. We know there are colleagues in our workforce that could need this leave to flee or take action to protect themselves. We are a better workforce and community when we support these people, usually women, without compromising their employment and economic security.210 of 300 SignaturesCreated by ASU Vic Tas