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.
Over summer and in the lead up to the recent State Election many members were actively involved in the ASU Save Our Local Community Services campaign.
This campaign is to resist the cuts to community services funding at a state and federal level – and to fight for a better way of funding community services that doesn’t include competitive tendering or allow for-profit organisations to make money from the provision of essential community services.
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.
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.
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!
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).
Government backs down on legal aid cuts
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.
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.
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."