We’ve had a major victory not only at Dnata, but for the entire aviation industry!Read more
The future of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) is still unclear. ASU members continue their campaign No Profit From Rape to ensure no multinational corporation profits from the most vulnerable in our community.Read more
The Federal Government handed down a budget that entrenches inequality at the same time as rewarding corporations.
The message from Canberra is clear: Don’t be poor. Don’t be unemployed. Don’t be vulnerable.Read more
As some of the dust settles on last year’s restructure, your delegates met with WaterNSW management on Thursday 18th Feb to discuss for our new (and overdue!) priorities for this year.Read more
-- Statement from ASU NSW & ACT Branch Secretary, Natalie Lang.
The Australian Services Union is proud to campaign for a fair go for all Australians. ASU members work in many industries that strive to ensure that no one in our community will be left behind.
Our members run vital community and disability services that engage, protect and support vulnerable members of our community.
They are the world-class workforce that runs publicly owned essential services like Sydney Water, Hunter Water and our rail network. And they work every day to keep assets in public hands for the benefit of every member of our community.Read more
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.Read more
The Australian Services Union is the Union for workers across NSW public water utilities and water contractors.
ASU members deliver fresh water to homes across NSW and make sure waste water is safely dealt with. We proudly fight to keep our Water in public hands.
We work at Sydney Water, Water NSW, Hunter Water Corporation, Veolia Water, Roads and Maritime Services and in emerging smaller water companies.
Member for Blue Mountains Roza Sage has condemned a Unions NSW doorknocking "scare campaign" which she says is misleading to Blue Mountains voters.
Mrs Sage said the Australian Services Union has been distributing material in the region containing "outright lies about Sydney Water".
"The NSW Government has no plans to privatise Sydney Water," said Mrs Sage.
"True to form, NSW Labor is enlisting the support of its union mates to spread lies and dupe the people of the Mountains."
However Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon said the 50 local workers doorknocking in the Blue Mountains over the February 14-15 weekend "all had their own story to tell about their fears for our public assets and services" including concerns about registered nurses in aged care and also electricity privatisation.
"It's not a scare campaign, it's a truth campaign. It's just that the truth is scary."Read more
Members of the Australian Services Union handed out bottles of water outside the office of Kiama MP Gareth Ward on Saturday, part of an action calling for the state government to rule out privatising Sydney Water.
A dozen union members spent the morning outside Mr Ward's office on Terralong Street, Kiama, in the latest leg of a campaign protesting any moves to sell off the water provider.
ASU NSW assistant secretary Ben Kruse said the union had been unsatisfied with government rhetoric around Sydney Water.
"The concern is the government won't rule out privatisation. Their response was there were 'no plans' to sell it," Mr Kruse said.
"We're calling on Gareth to say what that means. The term 'no plans' is a codeword for 'flog it off at the first opportunity'."Read more
The Australian Services Union says strike action by Hunter Water employees at Newcastle's sewerage treatment plants could see increased levels of coastal pollution.
Twenty eight employees have walked off the job over plans to cut staffing at the plants over Christmas from two to one.
ASU Secretary Sally McManus says a solo worker at a Melbourne treatment plant died recently and was not found until a week later.
She says a refusal by members to work could have dire environmental consequences.
"Sewerage treatment plants obviously deal with outflows, they deal with environmental issues," she said.
"They're essential to the operation of everything, so this is a really bad situation that management's put everyone on in.
"We're just asking for them to keep the status quo and have two people working until we're in a position to say it's safe not to do that."
Hunter Water says it is in ongoing discussions with the union and the safety of employees and the public is their number one priority.
It has assured the public the treatment works will continue to operate effectively and safely.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation