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On December 4 Vote to keep local jobs local

The 2021 NSW Local Government elections were held on 4th December 2021.

In the lead up to the election we sought support for our Council services by Council workers campaign by asking candidates to sign our pledge to commit to secure, local jobs.

Read our campaign updates below.

****Find out who signed our Pledge here.****

USU TRUCK ON THE MOVE

Our campaign truck hit the road to spread the word about Candidates who support Council Services by Council Workers.

CAMPAIGN UPDATES AND NEWS

MEMBERS FIGHT OUTSOURCING @ SHOALHAVEN – AND WIN

Rain could not dampen the spirits of USU members at Shoalhaven Council after they found out that council planned on outsourcing cleaning staff. Our members stood and said NO. They stood up to Shoalhaven Council and the reprehensible actions to outsource local secure jobs, taking industrial action in support of their fellow members. Local secure jobs are the cornerstone of communities and the United Services Union will fight to protect Local jobs across NSW. Since our members’ industrial action a few things have happened: We placed pressure on the elected councillors and engaged in productive...

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Fighting for secure jobs at Sutherland Council

Council Management says 50% of council work is not for Council workers. Let’s say that a little louder for those up the back ... Council Management say 50% of council work is not for Council workers. As the dawn broke on 6 July USU officials were out in force at @Sutherland Shire Council, advocating to keep council jobs for council workers. Pictured above: The blitz continues. Acting Manager Southern Rudi Oppitz was joined by officials from across the state - what impacts one of us impacts all of us! Is it any wonder why our members question Council’s commitment to career progression, step...

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Shoalhaven Council members take action

Today USU members at Shoalhaven Council took industrial action, walking off the job in support of local, secure jobs. Members were opposing the contracting out of amenities and other services. The USU and our members are calling on Councillors to reconsider their position - find out more here: https://usu.org.au/shoalhaven-city-councils-decision-to-outsource-public-toilet-cleaners-reprehensible-says-union/  

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Where you can find the USU truck this week!

Our truck hit the road to spread the word about our Council Services by Council Workers campaign and the Candidates at the upcoming local council elections who have signed the pledge to protect local services, jobs, and economies.

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Where you can find the USU truck this week!

Our truck hit the road to spread the word about our Council Services by Council Workers campaign and the Candidates at the upcoming local council elections who have signed the pledge to protect local services, jobs, and economies.

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USU fighting for jobs at Hilltops Council

  The United Services Union has taken decisive action against a proposed plan by Hilltops Council management which would have seen jobs slashed and wages frozen. The plan to dismiss up to 30% of its staff, freeze wages and sell off plant and equipment and look to use contract labour was to be put to Hilltops Council on Wednesday 27th October. In an appalling breach of the NSW Local Government (State) Award the union received no notice of the Council's intentions. The USU intervened immediately and took the Council to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission. The Commission issued a...

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Pledge for Candidates in Local Government Elections

The 2021 NSW Local Government elections scheduled for Saturday, 4 September 2021 have been postponed until 4th December 2021.

In the lead up to the election we will continue to seek support for our Council services by Council workers campaign. Find out who has signed our pledge to support local jobs and services.

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Council services by Council workers UPDATE

The USU has been continuing to escalate our campaign against the misuse of contractors in local government taking work from day labour staff.

The information provided by our members and delegates regarding the abuse of contract labour has been critical in our campaign plan, and we encourage members and delegates to continue to send through this information.

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Central Coast Council review opens door to privatisation of local water and sewer services

The United Services Union has warned that Central Coast Council’s review into local water and sewerage operations is the first step in opening the door to the sell-off of these vital community services by the cash-strapped council. Central Coast Council, whilst under administration, has announced an independent review into how water and sewer operations are managed, which will examine options including the full privatisation of the services, a transition to a council-owned corporation, and a joint service with Hunter Water. The USU said the publicly-owned water and sewer infrastructure —...

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USU@CUMBERLAND: COUNCIL VOTES TO RETAIN CHILDCARE

At the Council meeting on 21 July 2021, Cumberland City Council voted to keep Children’s Services in house.

For over 12 months, USU members from Cumberland Council have been campaigning to keep Childcare Services in house. Council has called for tenders twice, and neither time did they satisfy the requirements.

A working group including the USU, Councillors, USU members and management have been working for the last seven months on ways to make the service financially viable.

We thank everyone in the working group, our members, Councillors, and the local community for helping to deliver this great outcome.

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DO YOU WORK IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT? TELL US WHAT YOU KNOW

We have launched our Council services by Council workers campaign to shine a light on the overuse of contractors in local government and to protect your job into the future.

With your help we hope to turn the tide against the growing insecurity in local government by opposing the unnecessary outsourcing of Council jobs.

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Council Services by Council Workers – Canterbury/Bankstown leads the way!

In line with the USU campaign “Council Services by Council Workers” opposing the overuse of contractors in Local Government and focusing on the ongoing need and demand to protect the future of council worker jobs, Canterbury Bankstown Council, one of the state’s largest merged Councils, has taken the vital step of bringing back their Waste and Cleansing Services in-house to be performed by Council workers.

This is a positive example of the Union’s vision for 2021 and beyond!

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Campaign launched! The USU’s campaign to protect council jobs from the threat of contracting

Looking around your workplace, how often do you see contractors, contractors who are completing the work traditionally completed by Council employees?

Over the years this has become an increasing problem in many Councils. While at times the use of contractors may be necessary for a specific project or where specialist skills or plant are required for short term situations, in other cases contractors are being used to replace full-time Council jobs rather than supplementing them on a short term basis where legitimately needed. The misuse of contract labour is a threat to secure council jobs.

For this reason the USU has made the decision to launch our campaign “Council services by Council workers”.

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