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!
Pere has worked in the disability sector since late 2005 in roles including administration assistant, support worker, social educator and caseworker. Pere currently works as a social educator and will soon be working as a person-centred planner.
Pere re-joined the ASU in late 2012 and became a delegate last year during an ASU campaign to keep the above award wages received by workers at his organisation. The above award wages was originally fought for and won by union members who wanted their employer to recognise the skill and professionalism of its employees.
Award in focus: Don’t get shafted on shift allowances
The disability sector provides supports and services for people with disabilities around the clock, every day of the week. Workers in residential, respite and transitional accommodation settings may be rostered on at a variety of start and finish times to meet the needs of the people they support. Our award- the Social, Community, Homecare and Disability Services Award (SCHADS) provides for extra pay for when you work a shift which is considered outside regular hours.
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-- Statement from ASU NSW & ACT Branch Secretary, Natalie Lang.
The Australian Services Union is proud to campaign for a fair go for all Australians. ASU members work in many industries that strive to ensure that no one in our community will be left behind.
Our members run vital community and disability services that engage, protect and support vulnerable members of our community.
They are the world-class workforce that runs publicly owned essential services like Sydney Water, Hunter Water and our rail network. And they work every day to keep assets in public hands for the benefit of every member of our community.
NSW Budget – What does it mean for ASU members? Our sector, our communities, the people we support?
Most experts agree that this year’s NSW Government budget does not do enough to address housing stress in NSW.
There is NO money for the $1 billion infrastructure fund for social housing that NCOSS, Infrastructure NSW and the Government announced before the election. As the ASU noted at the time, no money was attached to that MOU, nor is any money allocated to it in this budget – the closest thing to a commitment is the assurance that “planning is underway to develop a new social and affordable housing fund, to unlock approximately $1 billion of new investment.”
Despite the inclusion of a minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Cabinet, it is disappointing to see no new money allocated to the prevention of domestic violence in NSW and no money at all for the prevention of rape and sexual assault.
It’s time to start talking about the next Canon agreement. Canon members have already completed a survey about everything that is important to them and we expect negotiations are just around the corner. The next step is to create the Log of Claims. ASU delegates Hilton McKenna and Marcel Naidoo will be talking with members to get the Log endorsed and we’ll be ready to go.
After a lengthy stall in the process the ASU has recommenced negotiations with CSG. Delegate Mario Manzatti has been working hard to represent members in what has been a long frustrating process.
A lot of Techs are already on the Canon 2009 agreement and we think it would be unfair to have conditions that are anything less than this.
Funding cuts from the Federal Department of Social Services will come into effect after June 30 for many community services.
Join ASU members around Australia who will be speaking out against this loss in services to some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
Services affected include services providing emergency relief, carer respite, children youth & family services, community mental health, financial counselling.
Sydney Water employees received an update from management about proposed amendments to the PDP review process. The ASU believes Sydney Water should not have sent this communication.
At House with No Steps, ASU delegates have been working collaboratively with managers to develop a new way of doing rosters where all workers get to have a genuine say in the development of their roster and ensure that all rosters are compliant with best practice standards and entitlements about breaks, shift length and appropriate penalty rates.
Congratulations to all ASU members who have worked on this project over the last few months.