Today ASU members heard the shocking news that the NSW Government will reduce public sector wage increases to a maximum of just 1.5% per year over the next three years.
ASU members do some incredible work - and some ASU members even win Nobel Peace Prizes. In 2017 ASU members working at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Today, they are celebrating 50 nations signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The Federal Government has agreed to lift base funding in Department of Social Services Grants to cover the costs for equal pay wages won by ASU members.
This is a huge step forward in our campaign to Save Equal Pay!
The Industrial Relations Commission today rejected the NSW Government’s public sector wage cut, awarding 1 in 10 workers in NSW a 0.3% pay rise. For the average worker who has worked tirelessly to get the state through fires, droughts, floods, and the pandemic that’s an additional $4.90 a week – before tax. That’s the thanks that essential workers get from Premier Gladys Berejikilan, and Treasurer Dominic Francis Perrottet and their Liberal Government.
The Federal Government has made some important changes to JobKeeper.
The good news is that the JobKeeper Payment scheme has been extended until 28 March 2021 to ensure more Australians can stay in jobs and more businesses can survive the economic fallout of this pandemic.
However, the bad news is that as of 28 September the Federal Government has reduced the JobKeeper payment and created a two-tier system.
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The Government have slashed JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments, while a million Australian are still unemployed. The Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary, Sally McManus called this a “devastating day for millions of Australians.”
ASU Deputy Secretary, Judith Wright, is hosting an All Member Briefing to discuss the changes and answer your questions about the Government's changes to JobSeeker and JobKeeper.
Workers across Western Sydney are part of a campaign to save 12,000 community sector jobs. ASU members are leading the campaign to save jobs, save services and Save Equal Pay.
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that “Community service organisations will be unable to meet unprecedented demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic due to a looming funding shortfall of up to 20 percent.”
Research shows that 12,000 jobs community sector jobs are at risk if the government walks away from fair funding.