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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. Further updates will be loaded here when final election results are known.

****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

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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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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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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