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Job insecurity at all time high: Report

Job insecurity at all time high: Report

A new report from a Senate Committee into Job Security in Australia has found that job insecurity is "is damaging the physical and mental health of Australian workers, and it is holding back Australian wages and the Australian economy"

Disability Sector to Gov: We need COVID support

Disability Sector to Gov: We need COVID support

The disability sector is in crisis. ASU members stand alongside advocates from People with Disability Australia, Australian Unions and service providers at Parliament House seeking support for the disability sector.

NDIS Report: "Action is Needed"

NDIS Report:

The final report by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme has said that “ambitious action is needed to adequately address issues within the NDIS workforce and to safeguard the availability of safe and quality supports for NDIS participants into the future."

ASU Jobs Connect

ASU Jobs Connect

ASU Jobs Connect is a free service for union members who are looking for work or would like some help taking the next step in their career.

Omicron: Staying Safe At Work

Omicron: Staying Safe At Work

Employers have a duty under Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws to eliminate, or if that is not reasonably practicable, minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

Employers also have obligations in their funding and service contracts to have continuity of service plans in place so that critical services to vulnerable people can continue during a COVID outbreak.

The Australian Services Union has produced this guide to help members stay safe at work.

We are by your side. Call the ASU on 0293104000 or email [email protected] for advice and support. 

Survey: Disability Sector Abandoned During Omicron

Survey: Disability Sector Abandoned During Omicron

The Australian Services Union is calling on the Commonwealth and NSW Governments to urgently provide support for essential disability services workers, including paid isolation leave, priority booster vaccinations and adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

A survey of 700 ASU members has found more than one in ten working in the NDIS have contracted COVID since November.

Acting Secretary Angus McFarland spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald and Business Insider about the crisis.

 

Omicron Briefing: Community & Disability Workers

Omicron Briefing: Community & Disability Workers

Missed the briefing? Catch up here on-demand or download our latest fact sheet here.

Acting Secretary Angus McFarland presents a briefing for ASU members working in the disability sector and answers your question about the COVID Omicron surge.

  1. The current COVID surge – what we know
  2. Risk management and prevention of COVID at work
  3. What if you are exposed to the virus – positive, or a close contact
  4. Supporting someone who is COVID positive
  5. How we are by your side
  6. Frequently asked questions

Unions write to Prime Minister

Unions write to Prime Minister

Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sally McManus wrote to the Prime Minister, calling on him to convene an emergency meeting with union leaders representing essential workers to address the escalating national Omicron crisis.

The ACTU Secretary laid out a list of demands on behalf of workers, who continue to battle on the front lines of the fight against the virus. The ACTU has demanded:

1. Rapid Antigen Tests be made free and accessible for all Australians, as quickly as possible, with tests prioritised for frontline workers until current supply failures are resolved.

2. Paid Pandemic Leave be restored for workers who are close contacts with a work colleague, which was stripped from workers last week.

3. Workers be kept safe at work, including mask requirements to N95 or P2 standard, warning Scott Morrison that unions will fight any attempt to water down OHS laws.

4. The Morrison Government to restore income support for people who have been forced out of work and left without pay because of the onslaught Omicron, as well as financial assistance for businesses who have been devastated by the current outbreak.

Petition: Free and Accessible Rapid Antigen Tests Now!

Petition: Free and Accessible Rapid Antigen Tests Now!

The Federal Government must step up to make Rapid Antigen Tests free and accessible to all.

Far too many Australians are spending hours in massive testing queues or scrambling around multiple pharmacies looking for rapid testing kits.

Making rapid antigen tests free and accessible would take some pressure off our PCR testing capacity and family budgets.

Add your name to our petition here.

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