As winter begins, we hope you and your families are keeping warm and safe. As restrictions to continue to ease, HSU Officials have been able to start meeting with members (while maintaining physical distancing guidelines) to discuss issues in workplaces. If you’d like to organise a meeting in your workplace, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@hsusant.org.au

In this update:

  • SA Government resumes redundancies in health
  • EOI: SA Public Sector Bargaining Advisory Committee
  • ACL member meetings
  • Ensuring Integrity Bill defeated
  • Australian Unions: member survey
  • Injured Workers Day 2020
  • Solidarity with Black Lives Matter: rally Saturday June 6th
  • International Sex Workers Day
HSU condemns SA Government’s decision to resume redundancies

While restrictions are eased in South Australia, we are still living through a global pandemic and need a public health sector that is ready to respond. It’s outrageous that the State Government has resumed redundancies, especially given the incredible work done by public health workers to keep us all safe.
Read Acting National Secretary Tim Jacobson’s comments here.

Expression of interest: HSU Public Sector Bargaining Advisory Committee

Public sector members are reminded that expressions of interest are now open to join the HSU Bargaining Committee for your EA.

We’re seeking members who are ready to lead the campaign for better working conditions in your sector- register by clicking here, or contact Organiser Billy Elrick if you have any questions on 0427 267 996 or billye@hsusant.org.auWe can only win if we stand together, so we encourage everyone to get on board- register your interest here by the 17th of June to join the campaign for an EA that works for you.

ACL member meetings

ACL members are advised HSU Official Lovisa Muyderman will be visiting workers at Ashford on Friday the 12th of June to debrief the last several months, check in on your work under JobKeeper, and discuss any issues that need to be addressed.

Lovisa will be in the staff tea room from 2.15-3.15 pm on Friday June 12th. If you’re not at Ashford and would like to arrange a visit to your workplace you can contact Lovisa on 0428 069 376 or lovisam@hsusant.org.au

Union win: Ensuring Integrity Bill defeated!

The Union movement welcomes the announcement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the Government has abandoned plans to seek another vote on the union-busting bill in the Senate. This is a win for union members everywhere, and we will continue to stand up to this Government’s attack on working people.

Australian Council of Trade Unions member survey

As members of a union you’re not only represented by the HSU, but also by the peak body for our movement, the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Like all unions, the ACTU takes its direction from union members- and right now you can help shape our movement.

Please take five minutes to fill in a quick survey on what issues matter most to you: https://action.australianunions.org.au/issues-survey

Injured Workers Day 2020

Did you know that in 2019 alone, 79,654 injured workers were identified by Safe Work? And that 24 people sadly lost their lives at work last year?

This week on June 1st, unions across Australia marked Injured Workers Day to say enough is enough- everyone should be able to go to work and expect to come home in one piece.

Check out the story of Brendan, a specialist mental health nurse who experienced a major workplace injury in 2018 and stand with all injured workers here.

To keep up to date on events in the future make sure to follow us on Facebook: HSU SA/NT

HSU in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Stopping Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

The HSU expresses our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the First Nations peoples of this land fighting for sovereignty, for country and culture, and ending Black Deaths in Custody.

We invite all members to join the Adelaide Solidarity rally tomorrow, taking into account physical distancing measures.

When: Saturday June 6th, 12 pm
Where: Tarndanyannga (Victoria Square, Adelaide CBD)

HSU Officials will be meeting at the Southern end of the square by the fountain with flags for any members wishing to join.

Facebook event here.

International Sex Workers Day

Sex work is real work, and should guarantee Workplace Health and Safety just like you would expect at any other job. A key step to this is decriminalisation- this would mean that the industry can have proper regulation in place, such as taxation law, local planning considerations and business control legislation, as well as providing much needed protection for sex workers.

This week marks International Sex Workers Day, so is a perfect time to get educated on what decriminalisation  means, and how you can get involved- check out South Australians for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work on Facebook here.

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