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As the principal union in the sector, the Australian Services Union is disturbed to report that local government has taken a big hit from last night's Budget. In fact, it seems that the Federal Government is actively de-prioritising local government as a policy area. The Budget cuts have hit local…
In last night’s Budget the Federal Government tried to sweeten the state government pot. The formula to top up state assets with resources obtained from the privatisation of Medibank, recently discussed between state governments and the Commonwealth, might sound a good idea, but it will have a negative effect on…
  The Australian Services Union's global affiliate Public Services International (PSI) has today released a new report that reveals secret trade negotiations may threaten public services across the globe, including in Australia. The ASU, as the principal union in local government and utilities (water & energy) is alarmed at findings…
Blacktown Council has approved the establishment of an Executive Leadership Team to investigate improving and expanding the Council's child care services. This committee will oversee the running of child care until at least June 2015. At Council's ordinary meeting on Wednesday 9 April, 2014, it was agreed upon by all…
A Productivity Commission Inquiry and two Senate Committee inquiries make a total of three formed in recent months to look into the child care sector. As the Union for early childhood educators in local government, the ASU continues to amplify the voice of our members with a submission to each…
The Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) is seeking stakeholder feedback on the review of building surveying qualifications. If you work in this area, your feedback is valuable. As the Union for building surveyors in local government, the ASU encourages you to participate in the reveiw. The deadline…
The USU Branch of the ASU Commissioned Professor Brian Dollery to produce a comprehensive and independent response to the NSW Independent Panel's Report Revitalising Local Government. Professor Dollery's report can be downloaded on the USU webpage along with the USU's Summary, Review and USU Response of 'Revitalising Local Government' Final…
ASU members, parents and families of children who attend the Altona North and Altona Meadows children's services are taking a short pause in their work to campaign for their beloved services after a small but important victory at last night's Hobson's Bay Council meeting. "Hobson's Bay Council had planned to…
The ASU supports the recent letter sent by our trade campaigning partner AFTINET (Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network) to local councils across the country advising of the various adverse effects the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement could potentially have on local government. The ASU is a supporting partner and affiliate…
In addition to the inquiry already underway by the Productivity Commission, the Australian Senate will also be inquiring into the early childhood education and care sector. As a major stakeholder in this sector, the ASU will be making a submission to advocate for our members. "The ASU is pleased to…