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Cost Of Living

Cost Of Living

Cost of living keeps going up but our wages aren’t keeping up.

The Morrison Government has had 8 years to act, but have done nothing.

The governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Philip Lowe, has warned Australians they are set to take a real pay cut of 1.5% this year because sluggish wages growth won’t meet a surge in inflation.

 

Vale Joe Fisher

Vale Joe Fisher

It is with great sadness that we share the news that ASU Legend Joe Fisher, former Secretary of the Water and Sewerage Employees Union (WSEU) has passed away.

The WSEU was established in 1909 and joined with unions in transport, social and community services, shipping, aviation, travel and IT to form the mighty ASU in 1993.

Joe led the WSEU from 1984 and was a member of the ASU Branch Executive from amalgamation until he was awarded life membership in 1995.

ACTU Secretary and former ASU Secretary Sally McManus said, "Vale Joe Fisher. A man of principle and a great trade unionist."

Joe will be farewelled at 1pm on Monday 28 March 2022 in the North Chapel of Pinegrove Memorial Park, Minchinbury.

Lismore Floods: Government Missing in Action

Lismore Floods: Government Missing in Action

Three weeks since the 14 metre floods that devastated Lismore, residents are still cleaning up the mess. The clean up could take years, but ASU members in Lismore are not feeling supported by the federal government.

Labor: RESTORING RESPECT TO THE COMMUNITY SECTOR

Labor: RESTORING RESPECT TO THE COMMUNITY SECTOR

On World Social Worker Day, the Labor party announced their election policy for the community sector.

Close to 100 ASU members from neighbourhood centres, women's, youth and disability support services, met at Blaxland Community Centre to hear from Senator Jenny McAllister (Shadow Assistant Minister for Communities & Preventing Family Violence), Andrew Leigh MP (Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities And Not-For-Profits), and Susan Templeman (Federal Member for Macquarie). 

Judith Wright, ASU Deputy Secretary, said:

"We have had nine years of neglect by this government, of poor funding, rolling contracts and targeted attacks. 31% of ASU members have told us that if urgent action is not taken, they will leave the sector in the next 12 months."

Congratulations Mariam

Congratulations Mariam

Mariam is an ASU legend - and today the union movement recognised her impact as a feminist and a unionist.

Congratulations to ASU member Mariam Mourad from Bankstown Women's Health Centre for winning the inaugural Lina Cabaero Inspiration Award.

Mariam is a leader - and has been at the front of our campaigns to win Equal Pay and for 10 days paid domestic violence leave.

The award was presented today at the Unions NSW International Women's Day event with Michele O'Neil and Tanya Plibersek.

Rail Chaos: No Pay No Apology

Rail Chaos: No Pay No Apology

Thousands of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains employees woke up this morning with no pay in their accounts.

Unions raised the alarm Thursday night but despite management having known about this problem overnight, the first acknowledgment didn’t happen until the next day. The next email in the early afternoon advised the problem was identified, and directed employees to their line managers to raise concerns. None of these communications took ownership of the mistake, or took the time to simply say ‘sorry’.

Sydney Trains and NSW Trains have admitted there is a serious issue and have assured unions it is being addressed but where is the apology?

 

Government turns back on women again

Government turns back on women again

The Morrison Government has rejected a plan from its own retirement reviewer to pay super on parental leave - on International Women's Day.

Under this government, Australian women will still be worse off in their savings if they have a child.

Union Pride: Mardi Gras March

Union Pride: Mardi Gras March

ASU members marched in Sydney's Mardi Gras this year - joining with union members from across the country. Union members have a long history of supporting equality and this year ASU members were proud to be part of the Union Pride float hosted by Unions NSW.

This year's theme was United We Shine. We highlighted frontline and essential workers who have helped get us through the pandemic, and through natural disasters like the bushfires and recent floods.

Disaster information and support for ASU members 

Disaster information and support for ASU members 

This information is for ASU members and delegates regarding the extreme flooding events in Lismore and the Northern Rivers Area. Our priority is ensuring that every ASU member is safe, and that essential services can continue to be provided. 

NSW Gov sends Trains into chaos

NSW Gov sends Trains into chaos

Transport workers turned up to work today and found that the government has shut down their workplaces.

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