Every year we provide in-depth budget analysis for union members.
Watch our special briefing and go beyond the headlines to find out what is in this year's Federal Budget for community and disability workers.
With a Federal election coming up, and the increasing cost of living, it's important to be able to see beyond the spin and see Scott Morrison's plan for our jobs and our sector.
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Scott Morrison failed to respond to the priorities of ASU members in the community and disability sectors.
There is a cost of living crisis – petrol, groceries and housing prices keep rising however there is nothing to provide a real wage increase for ASU members working in community services and the NDIS.
We know that Covid cases continue to rise, however:
- this budget ends essential funding for PPE and RATs within weeks; and
- there is no new financial support for paid isolation leave for workers.
Every week an Australian woman is killed by a partner or family member but, once again, Scott Morrison has refused to provide 10 days paid domestic violence leave.
Worryingly, there is nothing to reverse the savage NDIS cuts this Government has implemented, including average cuts of 4% to every NDIS package in the last 12 months.
We know that 1 in 3 workers are considering leaving our sector this year, but tonight Scott Morrison has done nothing to address this looming crisis. Once again, Scott Morrison is missing in action.
This is a critical time for our sector and it is imperative that as sector leaders you know what policies and priorities the major parties will bring to government and what this will mean for the sector, for your clients and community, and for sector workers.
BREAKING: Morrison Budget confirms continuing cost of living crisis and further real wage cuts.— Australian Unions (@unionsaustralia) March 29, 2022
We are extremely disappointed with the Federal Government for not providing better support for people with #disability in the #FederalBudget2022 tonight. No emergency support, no NDIS boost, no greater protection from COVID... Read our media release: https://t.co/zuwFuwt1iL pic.twitter.com/yuGhMuKPWs— PWD Australia (PWDA) (@PWDAustralia) March 29, 2022
Income support remains at a grossly inadequate level amid a housing affordability crisis that is forcing thousands to the brink of homelessness. #Budget2022— Mission Australia (@MissionAust) March 29, 2022
No wage growth. No local manufacturing plan. Floated plan to cut beer costs abandoned. This is a hamster wheel budget. Going through the motions but going nowhere.— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) March 29, 2022
A budget that does nothing to lift wages. Workers don’t face one off increases in the cost of groceries, rent, childcare. #Budget22— Michele O'Neil (@MicheleONeilAU) March 29, 2022
Budget papers show Morrison government plans to cut climate spending if it wins election https://t.co/mLUxElnlvK— Lisa Cox (@_LisaMCox) March 29, 2022
I am honestly stunned on the eve of an election the government has announced a budget CUT in real terms to Aboriginal legal services and Aboriginal family violence prevention and legal services. So much for promises to close the gap and to do things differently #Budget2022— Sophie Trevitt (@SophieTrevitt) March 29, 2022
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