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Know a great delegate? Why not help them be rewarded?

Nominations are now open for Delegate Awards 2016. While all United Voice members are passionate, dedicated and driven there are some delegates who go above and beyond in their own work places, in their local communities and on important national issues. These amazing individuals help improve the lives of so many and are vital to the strength and success of the union which is why United Voice celebrates their achievements with the Delegates Awards. Continue reading

The real cost to the economy

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

Hospitality X workers chase payments

Hundreds of hospitality workers around the country may claim thousands of dollars in unpaid penalty rates, after shonky labour hire company AWX announced it would be winding down subsidiary Hospitality X and axing its notorious workplace agreement. Click here if you're a Hospitality X worker interested in learning more about your entitlements. The agreement, rolled out to the casual staff of an undisclosed number of pubs and clubs across the country, included a clause that removed workers’ penalty rates. Workers had to sign the agreement to retain their jobs, effectively slashing their pay packets. “This is a great win for our union members and the many people who’ve been involved in this campaign,” United Voice Secretary Gary Bullock said. “We launched the fight against Hospitality X last year, after casual workers at the Capalaba Sports Club were forced to sign onto their dodgy workplace agreement to retain their jobs. “This cost those workers dearly, with many left unable to pay their bills. “Late last year, we took our fight to the courts by lodging an underpayment claim on behalf of several workers against Hospitality X Continue reading