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NDIS roll out dates- are you and your workplace ready?

NDIS roll out dates- are you and your workplace ready?

If you work in the Hunter/New England region, Western Sydney, North Sydney, South Western Sydney, Southern NSW or on the Central Coast you have just months to get prepared for the live NDIS roll out in July 2016!

Non government disability organisations in the ACT and Nepean/Blue Mountains have already commenced the transition to the scheme. Eligible people with a disability have been invited to their planning and commencement of the scheme according to their age groups, with total engagement scheduled for the end of 2016. 

Make sure you have all the information so you can be a part of the change and ensure the NDIS is the best it can be- invite us to your next meeting to learn more...

Season's Greetings: 2015

Season's Greetings: 2015

2015 is a year to be ASU Proud!

Together we:

  • bargained new agreements at NCR and Canon - safeguarding conditions;

  • pushed TabCorp into its first negotiations for a collective agreement with NSW members. 

Young women getting organised

Young women getting organised

We recently held the inaugural Edna Ryan training day for ASU members who are women under 30. Edna Ryan was an equal-pay warrior of her time, and the Edna Ryan foundation has partnered with the ASU to support young women to get involved in their union. 

Ending domestic violence

Ending domestic violence

Many ASU members work in services supporting women and children leaving domestic violence or many have experienced domestic violence themselves. The recent announcements by the Federal and State Governments to increase funding to prevent domestic violence have been welcome by many members and the ASU. 

Making the NDIS the best it can be

ASU delegates working in disability services across Australia recently came together for the inaugural ASU NDIS Summit. I know that members in disability services welcome greater choice and control for the people they support, and also the additional funding and jobs that will come to the sector as a result of the NDIS. 

Fighting for the rights of casuals in our sector

Fighting for the rights of casuals in our sector

The ASU is working with other unions to advance the rights of casuals. We are putting the case in the Fair Work Commission for all Awards to include the right for casuals to convert to permanent positions and for minimum 4 hour shifts for casual and part-time workers. I know that many ASU members are “long-term casuals” who work regular shifts and would like the opportunity for permanent employment.

Members defend Equal Pay

Members defend Equal Pay

The lowest paid youth workers in Australia – that’s what staff at Premier Youth Works were facing until they decided to join together in Union to campaign to have their correct Equal Pay rates paid at work.

Like many ASU members working in child protection and out of home care services, members at Premier Youth Works have significant experience and specialist qualifications in the work they do.

Yet their employer has outrageously classified a significant number of youth workers at level 1 of the SCHADS Award.

Fuji Xerox EBA 2015

Fuji Xerox EBA 2015

In a little under four months the agreement that covers your wages and conditions will need to be renegotiated.

Yep - it’s time to get bargain ready.

Soon our ASU National Office will be writing to Fuji Xerox with a proposed timeframe for bargaining, including when you should receive your ‘notice of representational rights’.

Changes to the Modern Award

Changes to the Modern Award

Changes to Annual Leave in the Modern Award

The Fair Work Commission recently handed down a decision in relation to annual leave which affects all SACS members who are covered by our Award, the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award or the Labour Market Assistance Award. The decision does not change the amount of annual leave that you receive – but it does create some new conditions about the taking of annual leave which will now apply. To find out more about how these changes affect you, click here.

Changes to Annual Leave in SACS Modern Awards

The Fair Work Commission recently handed down a decision in relation to annual leave which affects all SACS members who are covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award or the Labour Market Assistance Award. The decision does not change the amount of annual leave that you receive – but it does create some new conditions about the taking of annual leave which will now apply.

Sector news and views- ASU member Contribution

 Sector news and views- ASU member Contribution

 WHO CARES? (By Jaq Dredge)

This article, let’s face it – is a rant!

As I sit here and type this article, I have $100 until next pay day and three teenagers to keep fed and entertained in school holidays.  I am supposed to work a shift on Saturday that will cost me the half a tank of fuel I have left, leaving me unable to get to work on Monday.  This particular shift in disability services requires $50 of my fuel and there are some 50 plus km not paid by my employer and 2 ½ hours of shift time that is unpaid travel time.  I have advised that I am ceasing this shift that costs me money, leaving me down in hours again.  I felt I needed to do this to make a stand and let them know that while some people will be willing to work under these conditions, the shift is costing me money and I miss a Saturday with my kids.  Welcome to community services, casual work and the poverty I thought I would leave behind with the completion of a degree!

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