Next Tuesday evening the Turnbull Government will hand down its Federal Budget. The big question is how much more can this government cut?
Cutting our pay?
Salary packaging is a tax concession from the Government to allow organisations like Mission to increase your pay without costing the organisation extra money. Mission wants to remove salary packaging from the agreement. On one hand they keep saying they don’t want to change anything about salary packaging but refuse to protect this benefit in our Agreement.
MA disclosed they don’t want it in the agreement JUST in case they sell and transfer parts of the business to a new employer.
Wages in our sector aren’t high enough and we know members can’t afford to go backwards!
Something doesn't feel right at dnata
Members are getting ready to find a better fit at dnata. We recently surveyed members and they're ready to throw their boots in. For too long now members have put up with uncomfortable and unsafe shoes while working check in.
More and more workers are deciding that the union is a good fit for them - so it's time we put our foot down about unsafe shoes at dnata. Stay tuned for more info!
As some of the dust settles on last year’s restructure, your delegates met with WaterNSW management on Thursday 18th Feb to discuss for our new (and overdue!) priorities for this year.
In the space of 12 months Jo Marks, proud disability worker and union member, has been elected union delegate, attended delegate training, taken on her employer and is now the newly elected Health and Safety Rep.
We see it in every industry, where employees have been called ‘casuals’ despite working for years and having regular and permanent hours. They have no paid leave, have difficulty securing loans and find they are not able to speak about safety or other workplace rights for fear they will be sacked, on the spot!
The NSW Chamber of Commerce, one of the main supporters of the Federal Government's attack on penalty rates, has its sights on our part time provisions in disability, social and community services sector. In a disgraceful move the NSWCC has applied to the Fair Work Commission to strip back hard won conditions so that bosses can essentially treat part time workers like casuals, except without casual loadings!
I work in the disability sector and love working in this industry because I care about people.
I don’t believe that just anyone can do this job; you have to have a passion for it and want to make a difference in people’s lives.
It can be demanding at times but with this comes a sense of satisfaction and it is rewarding.
Do you rely on penalty rates in your role?
There has been a lot of media attention on how the removal of penalty rates would affect hospitality workers on weekends, but what about the disability sector shift workers rostered on 24 hours, 7 days per week for accommodation and respite services?
The shift allowances set by our award ensure that workers who are rostered late, through the night and on weekends receive some remuneration for these hours.
Di has worked as a disability support worker in Care West’s Orange day program for 4 years supporting people with disabilities to access their community and participate in living skills programs.
Di has always been a union member no matter which sector she has worked in. Di developed an awareness of the importance of WH&S while a member of the AMWU and has brought that passion and knowledge into her role as an ASU delegate.