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.
Register to be a part of resolving the classifications dispute once and for all.
Once you’ve registered we’ll be in touch to explain what you need to do to join the collective action on this important matter. The more the merrier. Spread the word.Sign up
Do you know a woman who is making a feminist difference? Nominate her for an EDNA! Edna Ryan (1904–97) worked towards making a better world — especially for women. She had a lifetime involvement in campaigning for equal pay.
The EDNAs are awards for women who have made a feminist difference, i.e. whose activity advances the status of women: the battlers and the unsung heroines who show commitment and determination.
To nominate someone, download this form.
To book a table at the Awards, download this form.Read more
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Many ASU members will have a direct experience of domestic violence or will have worked with those affected by domestic violence.
Women can't wait. Services can't wait. The community can't wait.
I support the ASU We Won’t Wait End Domestic Violence campaign and call on our federal political leaders to commit to:
- Legislating for paid domestic violence leave to be available to all workers in the National Employment Standards of the Fair Work Act. Domestic violence leave should be a universal right of equal status to annual leave, long service leave and personal leave.
- Providing new and additional funding for specialist women-led women’s services via a new national funding agreement between all governments to address gaps in current funding and to address the safety, wellbeing and status of women.
We know that domestic violence can happen to anyone. We know that many ASU members will have a direct experience of domestic violence or will have worked with those affected by domestic violence.
1. Paid domestic violence leave is an important universal right all workers should have access to. We know that women have been murdered on the way to or from work because when they try to leave an unsafe home the perpetrator of violence knows where they work.
Women need to know that their workplace has a commitment to supporting them through paid leave to speak out, seek help and take action if they are affected by domestic violence. Economic dependency traps people in violent relationships.
This important workplace right will save lives.
2. The provision of timely, effective and expert non-judgemental support for women experiencing violence can make all the difference to whether a woman successfully rebuilds her life and achieves safety.
This means quality support from a range of services must be available - in particular specialist women-led women’s services. Recent funding cuts at all levels of government have had a dramatic effect on women-led women’s services.
We need all governments to come together and provide a new national funding agreement to fill the urgent gaps in service delivery, provide genuine holistic care and support for women, and ensure that women-led women’s services are sustainable into the future.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more