AIM - ASU Indigenous Members
"Unions have always had a history with the Indigenous cultures here in Australia, so talking to other people and meeting other people in that situation actually made me feel like I was home more, that I was more welcome here."
ASU Indigenous Members (AIM) share unique connections and interests. There are many Indigenous members working in industries covered by the ASU around Australia.
The ASU is active on Indigenous issues within the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the various state and regional trades and labour councils. Read more about the ACTU's support for Indigenous workers.
First Nations Workers' Alliance (FNWA)
ASU are part of the FNWA to fight for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. Community Development Program (CDP) workers in particular are facing discriminatory treatment and exploitation.
As ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said at the 2017 Garma Festival: “People are working, some of them in jobs they were once paid award wages for and often for for-profit companies. The employers are getting CDP workers for free.”
More info: Remote work-for-the-dole scheme is racist, ACTU head Sally McManus says, by Helen Davidson, The Guardian, 6 August 2017
You can join FNWA here: https://fnwa.org.au/membership-account/membership-levels/
CDP workers join for free, and other union members can also join to support their fellow workers.
At the FNWA website you will be able to link in with other members, get updates, post questions, participate in forums and keep up to date with any action being taken by the FNWA.
ASU Award coverage for indigenous members
Large numbers of ASU Indigenous members work in the social & community services sector, local government and Aboriginal Community Councils and Organisations. In these industries ASU general industry awards cover the conditions of Indigenous members in the same way they cover non-Indigenous members. Some general industry awards cover particular Indigenous issues such as cultural leave. ASU were leaders in ensuring that Torres Strait Islanders were included in this definition.
For more information about awards covering Indigenous workers, please contact us