Your job, your career - we want to know what you think about the future of work in community and disability services
On Wednesday n a room full of ASU members The Australia Institute launched its report A Portable Training Entitlement System for the Disability Support Services Sector, authored by Drs Rose Ryan and Jim Stanford.
The Report was commissioned by our Union, coming out of last year's Disability Delegates Conference, when members came together to share their hopes for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and ideas on how we can make it the best it can be.
Delegates wanted access to ongoing training and recognition of the skills required to deliver the highest quality person-centred supports for people with disabilities.
Marriage Equality Now - no harmful plebiscite - rally and ASU forum in October
A few years ago ASU members overwhelmingly voted to support marriage equality, but we must fight for equality with dignity and not have to have a divisive plebiscite that will create unsafe workplaces for LGBTIQ workers.
Not only is a plebiscite a waste of money (money that could be spent on other things like homelessness or domestic violence services) but it will also foster harmful and hurtful debate that could cost lives.
Spotlight on enterprise bargaining: Mission Australia members organise to win
Around the country members at Mission Australia are currently voting to endorse a new enterprise agreement that will see considerable improvements in wages and conditions at Mission Australia. This is after months of successful campaigning by members in their workplaces to send a strong message to Mission Australia management that ASU members want to be treated with respect and have improvements in their conditions at work.
Defending our minimum Award conditions from attack by employers
Employers are looking to attack our conditions – reducing sleepovers and changing on-call. The Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award sets out the minimum conditions for work in our sector. It is currently under review by the Fair Work Commission and employers are arguing for reducing sleepover entitlements, changing how on-call works and making it easier to change and cut hours for part-time workers.
Scott Morrison's Productivity Commission
Scott Morrison's Productivity Commission opens the door to multinational for-profit providers in family services, child protection, homelessness, domestic violence, mental health and drug and alcohol services
Family and community services like domestic violence services, mental health, and homelessness services are about to be opened up to multinational for-profit corporations to profit from if Scott Morrison gets his way!
The NDIS is coming - do you want to make it the best it can be? Get on board the ASU campaign!
Does your employer want the NDIS to be the best it can be for people with disability and the workers who support them every day? It’s time to take our NDIS campaign demands directly to service providers – will your employer support secure jobs, decent wages and conditions, professional standards and career paths, and better consultation at work?
RALLY FOR PAID DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE TO BE A UNIVERSAL RIGHT FOR ALL WORKERS - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13TH
Join the rally next Thursday 12.00 noon at Hospital Rd, behind NSW Parliament House for paid domestic violence leave for all workers! RSVP here!
NSW Government announces minimum standards to be introduced for child protection workers
Last week the NSW Government announced that it is going to introduce "minimum standards" for child protection workers. There is little to no detail about how the minimum standards for child protection workers will work - what they will be, how they will be implemented, how it will affect the thousands of child protection workers who do the right thing every day and work tirelessly to support vulnerable young people.