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Paid Domestic Violence Leave

Paid Domestic Violence Leave

Did you know that the ASU was one of the first unions in Australia to pursue paid Domestic Violence Leave in enterprise agreements as an entitlement for members at work?

Sadly we know that Domestic and Family Violence affects a significant number of women, in particular, and paid domestic violence leave is an important condition many ASU members have fought for to ensure that workers can be supported by their employer if they ever experience domestic violence. 

Important Update on Salary Packaging - change is coming

Important Update on Salary Packaging - change is coming

 In the recent Federal Budget, the Abbott Government described your salary sacrifice benefits as “excessive” and they have proposed to cap meal and entertainment benefits at $5000 per year. Now the Government is also reviewing all salary sacrificing arrangements for workers in not-for- profits as part of their tax reform white paper.

Your July Wage Increase – won by union members

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Congratulations! On 1 July 2015, the minimum Modern Award pay rates for SACS members will go up by 2.5%! On 1 December, your pay will then increase again!

Thank You Mr Maher

Thank You Mr Maher

We have a proud history in our Transport Division of punching above our weight. We are smart and strategic, and because of this have delivered unprecedented outcomes in negotiations that have been the envy of other public sector unions.

This has only been achieved through an active engaged membership, a collegial delegates’ network and the leadership of our Transport Committee of Management (TCoM).

Another barnacle removed: Abbott government's planned cuts to legal aid services now reversed

Another barnacle removed: Abbott government's planned cuts to legal aid services now reversed

Government backs down on legal aid cuts

Attorney General George Brandis says the cuts would have impacted on the most vulnerable, including domestic violence victims and indigenous Australians.

Sweeping cuts to domestic violence and Indigenous legal services will no longer go ahead after another budget backdown from the federal government.   

Attorney-General George Brandis and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash made the announcement on Thursday after a strong backlash from voters, the legal sector and Liberal and Labor state attorneys-generals.

Candidates urged to back services

Candidates urged to back services

PLEDGE: Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services administrator Maxine Edwards and Shoalhaven Women’s Health Centre manager Tracy Lumb watch over South Coast Labor candidate Fiona Phillips and South Coast Greens candidate Amanda Findley as they sign a pledge to continue to support and strengthen funding into the community resources.

NOWRA’S community service workers are pleading with government candidates to protect and strengthen funding. 

Broken Hill Legal Centre staff relieved by funding about-face

Broken Hill Legal Centre staff relieved by funding about-face
In far western New South Wales this evening, a group of lawyers and social workers are celebrating the Attorney-General's decision to reverse funding cuts to the community legal sector.

Four staff had resigned from the Broken Hill Community Legal Centre in the face of the cuts, and the centre was forced to shut its books to new cases.

Union and welfare agencies at war over Mike Baird's affordable housing plan

Union and welfare agencies at war over Mike Baird's affordable housing plan
The union representing community workers has attacked two key NSW welfare bodies over their support for Premier Mike Baird's pledge to create an affordable housing fund contingent on the partial privatisation of the electricity network.
The Australian Services Union has described the position of the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) and St Vincent de Paul Society as "disgraceful".But the groups have denied they support the privatisation, and NCOSS has accused the union of "playing politics with people experiencing poverty".

War of words between unions and state government

War of words between unions and state government

Member for Blue Mountains Roza Sage has condemned a Unions NSW doorknocking "scare campaign" which she says is misleading to Blue Mountains voters.

Mrs Sage said the Australian Services Union has been distributing material in the region containing "outright lies about Sydney Water".

"The NSW Government has no plans to privatise Sydney Water," said Mrs Sage.

"True to form, NSW Labor is enlisting the support of its union mates to spread lies and dupe the people of the Mountains."

However Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon said the 50 local workers doorknocking in the Blue Mountains over the February 14-15 weekend "all had their own story to tell about their fears for our public assets and services" including concerns about registered nurses in aged care and also electricity privatisation.

"It's not a scare campaign, it's a truth campaign. It's just that the truth is scary."

Our new Transport Organiser

Our new Transport Organiser

In February this year I moved into the Transport Division of the ASU. I have been supporting Transport members for some years now as part of my work in the ASU Industrial Services Team and I am excited to be on board and working with members on a range of different issues across the division.

I am filling the big shoes of Peter Macphee who is still with the ASU, working in another division of the Union and the former president of the Transport Committee of Management John Maher who is looking forward to his retirement.

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