The USU has read the Economic Statement from Cumberland City Council 2020 and join with ALP Councillors in condemning it.

It is vital that local councils lead the way in their provision of community services and during this time of uncertainty that commitment is more important than ever.

The USU supports the position taken by the ALP Councillors outlined in their Joint Statement (below) and we condemn the actions of the Liberals and Independents in promoting the outsourcing of valuable jobs and services.

In particular, their desertion of loyal committed employees who have been on the front line of the Covid Pandemic is a betrayal of the worst kind.

Instead of looking after these employees the Liberals and Independents are casting them aside for a cheap inferior model of privatisation that will not meet the community’s needs into the future.

Childcare and leisure services have been provided to the community with a high level of expertise ensuring early learning delivers for our children in their formative years, the Liberals and Independents want to tear that down and outsource it to the cheapest bidder with the cheapest service.

The USU will do everything in our power to help save our members’ jobs.

It is important to know that Council has not made any FINAL decisions YET. We will continue to campaign to save local jobs and community services at Cumberland.

The consultation period for Council’s Community and Place section is ongoing, and the investigations into the running of Children’s Services, the Pools, the Golf Courses, the Seniors’ Units and the Holroyd Centre haven’t started yet.

We are by your side and will make sure our members have a say. Join the USU today at or contact your USU Organiser Sue Kealy on 0418 495 265 or


ALP coucillors statement