-- 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
We know that many big private companies were looking forward to a Coalition Government in NSW. They hope for a new wave of privatisation - and Sydney Water is one of the assets that could be up for sale.
Workers in Sydney Water should be concerned about what privatisation will mean to them and their job security.
As a community, we all should be worried about how a big private company would manage our public assets - prices will likely go up and water quality may well be put at risk.
ASU members and delegates are calling on the Government to simply rule out privatisation. Why won’t they do it?
Join the fight now. Our union is powered by everyday working people having a say in the direction of campaigns.
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