Australian Services Union questions Hume council policy

Hume City council . Photo by Damjan Janevski. 228421_07

By Oliver Lees

Hume council’s wage policies have come under fire from the Australian Services Union (ASU), with the union considering taking major industrial action if efforts are not made to improve conditions.

According to the ASU, Hume council’s wage increase of 1.5 per cent to its 1200 employees was below the cost of living increase reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (3.8 per cent).

ASU secretary Lisa Damanin said the union may take disruptive industrial action if Hume council does not address the concerns of their workers.

“Hume City Council’s wage offer would make it even more difficult for workers to pay mortgages, bills and meet essential living costs,” Ms Damanin said.

According the the ASU, protected disruptive action could see union members refusing to issue infringement notices, delays in responding to the public and the stopping of all work for up to a 24 hour period.

Hume council was contacted for comment