Stories from the Front line: Members getting organised during Covid-19

Members are getting together and campaigning for better conditions, safety and respect at work in their organisation. Here are some of the stories of success and struggle happening right now across our union.

  • Congratulations to members at Breakthru Disability Services who have formed a union and won pay increases after being incorrectly classified at Level 1 of the Award.

  • Members at Westhaven Disability Services in Dubbo have had to isolate after exposure to COVID-19 at work – but their employer has refused to provide paid special leave so workers are forced to use annual leave if they want to be paid. Members are now organising for justice and fairness at Westhaven and have seen a huge surge in membership – good luck to members in their campaign!

  • Live Better is a large disability provider in regional NSW and they recently told staff that they would have to accept changes to hours or shifts without proper consultation. If members refused a new shift it would be deemed “unapproved leave”. How outrageous! COVID-19 does not mean that workers don’t have the right to be consulted about change at work!

  • Members at organisations like Disability Services Australia, Aruma, Lifestyle Solutions and St Vincent de Paul are forming COVID committees where members are coming together to support each other and work with their organisation in responding to COVID.


If you would like to take action and form a COVID committee of members at your service contact your local ASU organiser or email [email protected]

Did you know the Government has changed the law surrounding Enterprise Agreements? Read the story here.