The NDIS is in the news today, for all the wrong reasons.Read more
These are opportunities to come together with other members in your local area to talk about Union campaigns, workplace issues and how we can build a fairer society together in Union.
These meetings are great opportunities to bring along your colleagues who aren’t in the Union yet to find out more about what we can achieve when we build a strong Union movement.
We know that domestic violence can happen to anyone. We know that many ASU members will have a direct experience of domestic violence or will have worked with those affected by domestic violence.
1. Paid domestic violence leave is an important universal right all workers should have access to. We know that women have been murdered on the way to or from work because when they try to leave an unsafe home the perpetrator of violence knows where they work.
Women need to know that their workplace has a commitment to supporting them through paid leave to speak out, seek help and take action if they are affected by domestic violence. Economic dependency traps people in violent relationships.
This important workplace right will save lives.
2. The provision of timely, effective and expert non-judgemental support for women experiencing violence can make all the difference to whether a woman successfully rebuilds her life and achieves safety.
This means quality support from a range of services must be available - in particular specialist women-led women’s services. Recent funding cuts at all levels of government have had a dramatic effect on women-led women’s services.
We need all governments to come together and provide a new national funding agreement to fill the urgent gaps in service delivery, provide genuine holistic care and support for women, and ensure that women-led women’s services are sustainable into the future.
We are the Union for workers in the disability sector.
Our members ensure that ours is a civil society, where we protect the vulnerable, where everyone can participate in and be part of our community. We are advocates, support workers, case workers, carers, trainers, coordinators, counsellors, and administrative support.
We work across NSW and the ACT in small services, to large organisation like House With No Steps, St Vincent de Paul, Lifestyle Solutions, LiveBetter, Flourish and Life Without Barriers.
We won Equal Pay on the ground, through organising and mobilising. We were determined and held a never say never attitude during our decades-long hard fought campaign.
Now members in women’s services are campaigning for universal access to paid domestic violence leave. The We Won’t Wait campaign also calls for stable and secure funding to women’s led services.Read more
Community and disability sector work is increasingly more complex and demanding and consequently, the set of skills and qualifications in our sector is also changing.Read more
- Do you know an ASU member in your workplace or sector that has inspired you to get involved in your union?
- Someone who has been a leader not just of ASU members in the workplace but also in shaping our sector more broadly?
- Someone who has fought for better outcomes, funding or profile of the social and community services sector?
Your job, your career - we want to know what you think about the future of work in community and disability services
All members in community and disability services are automatically members of the Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners (the ACCDP) that your union has established to give workers a stronger voice in setting the professional standards in our sector.Read more
A few years ago ASU members overwhelmingly voted to support marriage equality, but we must fight for equality with dignity and not have to have a divisive plebiscite that will create unsafe workplaces for LGBTIQ workers.
Not only is a plebiscite a waste of money (money that could be spent on other things like homelessness or domestic violence services) but it will also foster harmful and hurtful debate that could cost lives.Read more
Around the country members at Mission Australia are currently voting to endorse a new enterprise agreement that will see considerable improvements in wages and conditions at Mission Australia. This is after months of successful campaigning by members in their workplaces to send a strong message to Mission Australia management that ASU members want to be treated with respect and have improvements in their conditions at work.Read more