The recent proclamations by the Baird Government which merged numerous Councils, with more to follow after legal challenges, means eventually all Councils will become part of the reform process; if not by amalgamation, they will become a member of Joint Regional Organisations and in the far west of NSW, 11 Councils will be legislated into a yet to be determined collaborative model.
Our priority now is to protect jobs at merged councils and to protect wages and conditions by protecting the Local Government State Award. The USU is campaigining to have the three year job protections extended to 5 years.
In the meantime if your Council has been amalgamated or effected by a boundary change:
• Your pay will not change;
• Your conditions will not change;
• You cannot be forcibly made redundant for 3 years;
• You will have first preference in applying for new roles in Council;
• There are limits on Council’s ability to change your work location.
These are all protections that the USU fought for, and won, for our members in the Local Government Act and the Local Government (State) Award.
We are continuing this fight, and have gained the support of the Labor Party, Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party, The Greens, and the Christian Democratic Party in our campaign to extend protections against forced redundancy to 5 years for merged Councils.
Mike Baird says amalgamating councils is not about attacking jobs. “If amalgamation isn’t about attacking jobs, then let’s see the NSW government put up 5 year employment protections”.
Campaign updates and news will be posted here.
As we approach the end of 2016 we await a decision on a significant number of Councils initially named by the Baird Government for amalgamation, which were set aside. USU Manager North Stephen Hughes looks at the amalgamation process and the protection available for USU members. An editoed version of this article was re-produced in United Magazine Summer 2016, pages 8-9.
In a potentially explosive development for the Baird government, the Land and Environment Court has ordered it to provide documents about the role KPMG played in implementing the council amalgamation agenda.
USU General Secretary Graeme Kelly discusses the importance of five year job protection for local government workers and why the USU is pushing so hard to make it happen.
The state government's council amalgamation agenda is set to come under more scrutiny after Strathfield Council elected to push on with its case against the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, saying "serious matters" had emerged from documents produced by the NSW government.
The United Services Union has been holding a series of information days at local councils to enable members to find out more about the local government amalgamations - and the benefits of belonging to the USU.
- Baird Government urged to back five year job guarantees for workers at merged councils
- AMALGAMATIONS: WHAT'S NEXT?
- Council amalgamations: NSW councils set to merge this week as Premier Mike Baird cracks whip
- FORCED AMALGAMATIONS: TRUTH COMES OUT
- KPMG and the “facts” about local government mergers
- Job protection the priority as Baird swings his axe
- Fit for the Future Industrial update 7: The Changing face of Local Government in the Bush
- WHO WILL REPRESENT YOU IF YOUR COUNCIL AMALGAMATES?
- Sydney Morning Herald: IPART report: The Sydney councils facing the axe
- IPART: FIT FOR THE FUTURE ASSESSMENTS COMPLETE
- Fit for the Future Industrial update 5: HOW CHANGES TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT COULD EFFECT YOU
- Fit for the Future Industrial update 4: WHO WILL FIGHT FOR YOUR JOB?
- Fit for the Future industrial update 3
- Fit for the Future Campaign Update 2: Upper House Inquiry into ‘Fit for the Future’
- Fit for the Future campaign update 1
- FIT FOR THE FUTURE, UNION MEMBERS HAVE YOUR SAY
- 'Fit for the Future' Inquiry established
- Local Government Reform: USU Submission to IPART
- Liverpool Council members stop work
- Liverpool Council: Who is paying Who?