Nominate a colleague for John Tierney Award, and negotiations on a new Sydney Water Enterprise Agreement are just around the corner.
NEW YEAR. NEW ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT
NEGOTIATIONS LIKELY TO START EARLY 2020
Negotiations for a new Sydney Water EA are likely to commence early next year.
This week your Water Industry Division Committee of Management endorsed delegates to represent ASU members in negotiations. The 2020 team include: Robert McLean (Bluey), Jennifer Hill and Haley Bambridge from Production. Gavin Kentwell and Scott Bazley from Networks. And from Head Office - Toya Nicholls, Ferda Hasanoglu, Ric Facci and Rebecca Garland.
How do you think conditions at work could be improved? What do you want to see in your 2020 EA? Email ASU Organiser Mal Tulloch on [email protected] to arrange a workplace visit to discuss the EA issues which are important in your area.
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
JOHN TIERNEY AWARD
Every year we celebrate the union achievements of an ASU member within our Water Division who has shown what it means to be union. We honour this member by awarding them the John Tierney Award, named after the legendary former Water Division President.
This Award recognises outstanding commitment, dedication and leadership to the ASU and the Water Industry.
Past recipients include Jerry Evans, Paul “Frosty” Muller, Robert “Bluey” McLean, Mark Mallitt, Jennifer Hill, Toya Nicholls, Mick Talone and Shaun Humfrey.
Do you know an ASU member who proudly represents ASU members, loudly speaks about the importance of being Union and deserves to be recognised for their union activity?
Nominations close at 5pm Friday 1 November 2019, after which the Water Committee of Management will determine the 2019 John Tierney Award winner.
wage theft in the community sector
200 Family Violence support workers in North Queensland have had $200,000 stolen from their wages. Their employer won’t go to jail - instead they’ve been given a year to pay their workers back.
The Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said the organisation “has not only breached workplace laws, it has let down committed employees that form the backbone of its organisation and fallen short of community expectations.”
Our Civil Society campaign demands that organisations in our sector treat workers with respect – and that includes being transparent about wages and classifications of all positions. Add your name to the Civil Society campaign.
SIGNIFICANT WIN IN PARLIAMENT
NO FORCED REDUNDANCIES AND NO PRIVATISATION
The NSW Government has been caught out trying to sneak in legislation that would lead to outsourcing, privatisation and regional job cuts at Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Transport for NSW (TfNSW). And we stopped them.
The NSW Government is merging the RMS agency into TfNSW. The new agency will be responsible for all transport and legislation is required to transfer assets and liabilities.
In the NSW Parliament, the ALP, Greens and cross-bench members of the Legislative Council listened to union members and successfully moved amendments including:
No forced redundancies protecting current workers from forced redundancies for four years.
No privatisation or outsourcing of RMS or TfNSW work for at least four years following the merger.
No reduction of staff in regional areas (Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Newcastle and Central Coast).
RMS Awards will not be merged. For the next four years, all current RMS awards will be retained.
The Government also agreed that they will continue to consult with workers and unions about the merger. Ben Franklin, the Government’s spokesperson, even proclaimed “I love consultation!”. We’ll be sure to take him up on that.
The Government tried to sneak in changes that would have made our jobs insecure – thanks to ASU members, we have stood up for job security – and won.
NEED TO TALK?
BOOK A RETURN CALL ONLINE
Do you need to talk to someone about an issue at work?
Use our new online form to book a return call and our team will be in touch.
For urgent matters you can always call the ASU on 02 9310 4000 for assistance.
RAISE THE RATE
ANTI-POVERTY WEEK 2019
As part of anti-poverty week ASU legend and community worker Lisa Smajlov joined Anna Bacik, Director and Policy and Research at NSW Council of Social Services to speak about increasing the rate of Newstart.
Despite the increasing cost of living, Newstart has not been increased in 25 years. $40 per day is too low to give people the support they need to get through tough times and into suitable paid work.
Add your voice to the campaign to Raise the Rate and get Newstart working.
NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY?
PARENTAL LEAVE KITS NOW AVAILABLE
Are you expecting a new addition to your family? Get in touch and we can help with all you need to know about taking parental leave and returning to work.
If you’re taking unpaid parental leave we can put your union subscription on hold (don’t worry, you continue to access your member discounts and savings for the whole family!).
Our new Parental Leave Kit includes fact sheets, links to useful online courses, tips for your superannuation and more. Plus – the Kit includes a cute bib for the newest member of the ASU family!
Book an organiser visit!
Organisers can come visit your workplace to talk with members and non-members about campaigns and hear about what's going on at your workplace.
Contact your delegate or the union office to book a visit from your organiser.
This week five new delegates from the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, Nature Conservation Council, Sydney Water and Sydney Trains attended delegate training at our Redfern office.
Delegates are the face of the ASU in their workplace - they keep everyone up to date with ASU news, represent members and build our union.
Delegates are provided with comprehensive induction packs and can access fact sheets about issues at work to give advice and support to their members in the workplace.
If you're interested in becoming a union delegate, activist or contact get in touch with your Organiser or call the ASU on 02 9310 4000, or email [email protected]