|Issue No 52||05 May 2000|
Community Workers Vote to Strike
A long running campaign by Social and Community workers for an improvement to their atrocious award is set to escalate with an industry-wide strike on 23 June.
ASU members in the sector are angered by the State Government's refusal to commit funding for a new SACS Award.
They believe the government position is causing significant hardship and uncertainty for the sector.
In the lead up to the June strike SACS workers will implement work bans and a work to rule for four weeks. This will include a ban on unpaid overtime, a ban on data collection for State Government funding bodies and a ban on taking referrals from State Government agencies.
A central rally will be held in Sydney on the 23 June and regional activities are also being planned for this day. The theme of the events will be the promotion of the range of services provided by the non-government community services sector - and that Quality Service Deserves Quality Pay.
In Sydney the plan will be to cover the front of Parliament House with a display demonstrating the importance of non-government community services.
ASU Secretary Alison Peters said workers in the sector are sick of employers and the Government passing the buck to each other over the funding of the award.
'To survive in Community Services you need to be patient and stoic. But our members have made it clear their deep well of goodwill is running dry. They want action from employers and the Government and a better SACS Award.'
SACS Award Hearing opens to raucous rally
The hearing on the ASU's application for a new SACS Award began last week before the Full Bench of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
ASU members rallied outside the Commission beforehand carrying banners adorned with the SACS Award Campaigns mascot, fictional community worker, Ms Faye Lo'Pay.
A transcript of the ASU's opening address in the award proceedings will be available on the ASU website (www.asuservices.labor.net.au) from next week.
The hearings are to continue in late June.
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Unions: Laying It On the Line
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International: Alive and Kicking
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Economics: Fair Trade not Free Trade
The successful MAI and Seattle campaigns have sparked a new debate about the role of the World Trade Organization.
History: The Manchester Movement
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Satire: Passing the Buck
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