- ASU SA + NT Branch
Another successful ASU Local Government Roundtable
One of the highlights of the union's yearly calendar is the ASU Local Government Roundtable.
It's always a productive, energising day.
This year we had a number of members attend the Roundtable for the first time. It's was fantastic to see fresh faces around the table, joining some of our experienced Reps such as our President Kristen Gilbertson (Alexandrina Council), Vice President Maggie LÉstrange (City of Tea Tree Gully), Branch Councillor Laurie McCann (City of Charles Sturt) and Branch Councillor Julie Douglas (City of Playford).
Guest presenters included
Dr Gemma Beale, Senior Project Officer at the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute
Emma Thornton, Practice Leader at Johnston Withers Lawyers
Mick Petrovski, Chief of Staff to Minister for Local Government Geoff Brock MP
There was a lot of discussion around
the bargaining results we have achieved in the past 6 months
the impact of insecure work
converting fixed term contracts / casuals to permanent positions
bullying and harassment
the results of our Local Government survey (see next article for details of the shock findings)
the recently announced State / Local Government Accord
what the ASU is asking from Labor Governments at a State and Federal level in order to address issues impacting Local Government - for example, investing in training and apprenticeships through local councils to address skills shortages; and disaster funding relief to assist with the increasing costs to councils from climate change.
Thanks to everyone who came along and participated in the Roundtable. We've got lots of exciting things to begin rolling out to Local Government members thanks to these important discussions. Stay tuned for more announcements in the next few weeks!