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The Emma Miller Award, recognising the contribution of union women

Every year, Queensland Council of Unions pays homage to one of the most influential female figures in the Queensland labour movement. Emma Miller or ‘Mother Miller’ as she was known was a seamstress by trade and helped form the first women’s union in Brisbane in 1890, made up primarily of tailoresses. Continue reading

Countdown to Labour Day begins

It’s that time of year again and our members are gearing up for the most important day in our union’s calendar. Although the Newman Government decided to change the date and insist on holding the public holiday in October, we are still celebrating it on the first Sunday in May. Continue reading

Is this the road Queensland hospitals are heading down?

“People must always come before numbers. Statistics, benchmarks and action plans are tools not ends in themselves. They should not come before patients and their experiences.” That was the concluding message from the Chairman of an independent inquiry into care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. Continue reading