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.
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.
If you work in the Hunter/New England region, Western Sydney, North Sydney, South Western Sydney, Southern NSW or on the Central Coast you have just months to get prepared for the live NDIS roll out in July 2016!
Non government disability organisations in the ACT and Nepean/Blue Mountains have already commenced the transition to the scheme. Eligible people with a disability have been invited to their planning and commencement of the scheme according to their age groups, with total engagement scheduled for the end of 2016.
Make sure you have all the information so you can be a part of the change and ensure the NDIS is the best it can be- invite us to your next meeting to learn more...
2015 is a year to be ASU Proud!
bargained new agreements at NCR and Canon - safeguarding conditions;
pushed TabCorp into its first negotiations for a collective agreement with NSW members.
We recently held the inaugural Edna Ryan training day for ASU members who are women under 30. Edna Ryan was an equal-pay warrior of her time, and the Edna Ryan foundation has partnered with the ASU to support young women to get involved in their union.
Many ASU members work in services supporting women and children leaving domestic violence or many have experienced domestic violence themselves. The recent announcements by the Federal and State Governments to increase funding to prevent domestic violence have been welcome by many members and the ASU.
ASU delegates working in disability services across Australia recently came together for the inaugural ASU NDIS Summit. I know that members in disability services welcome greater choice and control for the people they support, and also the additional funding and jobs that will come to the sector as a result of the NDIS.
The ASU is working with other unions to advance the rights of casuals. We are putting the case in the Fair Work Commission for all Awards to include the right for casuals to convert to permanent positions and for minimum 4 hour shifts for casual and part-time workers. I know that many ASU members are “long-term casuals” who work regular shifts and would like the opportunity for permanent employment.
The lowest paid youth workers in Australia – that’s what staff at Premier Youth Works were facing until they decided to join together in Union to campaign to have their correct Equal Pay rates paid at work.
Like many ASU members working in child protection and out of home care services, members at Premier Youth Works have significant experience and specialist qualifications in the work they do.
Yet their employer has outrageously classified a significant number of youth workers at level 1 of the SCHADS Award.