Back in February, United Voice wrote to Minister for Health and Ambulance services Cameron Dick, asking that the state government find and resource a second station in Hervey bay to keep up with growing demand in the community. This week, Mr Dick and Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders announced a $3.5million state-of-the-art facility will be built in the region. This will not only be a great asset to the local community, it will also help our hard working ambulance officers. I just wanted to say a quick thank you for all the input we’ve had from members on the issue. This is a fantastic win and all United Voice members have played a part in achieving it. Gary Bullock, Branch Secretary of United Voice Qld
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The Queensland economy would be shortchanged millions of dollars a year if penalty rates were cut for hospitality and retail workers, according to recent research by the McKell Institute. This research sits in contrast to a study by Restaurant & Catering Australia claiming a reduction in penalty rates will stimulate the economy. Research conducted by the McKell Institute found that any significant reduction in penalty rates would have an adverse effect on workers and local economies. A hospitality worker working 8 hours on a Sunday could lose up to $71 a week, or $3,700 per annum. Hospitality workers earn an average wage of less than $30,000 a year. Continue reading