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Update: June 2015

Canon:
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.  


CSG:
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. 

Week of Action: June 29 – July 3!

Week of Action: June 29 – July 3!

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.

Changes to the PDP

Changes to the PDP

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.

Stories from members

Stories from members

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. 

Your new professional voice

Your new professional voice

 All members should have received in the mail by now their membership cards to the Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners (the ACCDP). 

The fight goes on! We will win!

The fight goes on! We will win!

Over summer and in the lead up to the recent State Election many members were actively involved in the ASU Save Our Local Community Services campaign.

This campaign is to resist the cuts to community services funding at a state and federal level – and to fight for a better way of funding community services that doesn’t include competitive tendering or allow for-profit organisations to make money from the provision of essential community services. 

Paid Domestic Violence Leave

Paid Domestic Violence Leave

Did you know that the ASU was one of the first unions in Australia to pursue paid Domestic Violence Leave in enterprise agreements as an entitlement for members at work?

Sadly we know that Domestic and Family Violence affects a significant number of women, in particular, and paid domestic violence leave is an important condition many ASU members have fought for to ensure that workers can be supported by their employer if they ever experience domestic violence. 

Important Update on Salary Packaging - change is coming

Important Update on Salary Packaging - change is coming

 In the recent Federal Budget, the Abbott Government described your salary sacrifice benefits as “excessive” and they have proposed to cap meal and entertainment benefits at $5000 per year. Now the Government is also reviewing all salary sacrificing arrangements for workers in not-for- profits as part of their tax reform white paper.

Your July Wage Increase – won by union members

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Congratulations! On 1 July 2015, the minimum Modern Award pay rates for SACS members will go up by 2.5%! On 1 December, your pay will then increase again!

Thank You Mr Maher

Thank You Mr Maher

We have a proud history in our Transport Division of punching above our weight. We are smart and strategic, and because of this have delivered unprecedented outcomes in negotiations that have been the envy of other public sector unions.

This has only been achieved through an active engaged membership, a collegial delegates’ network and the leadership of our Transport Committee of Management (TCoM).

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