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Bunnings Customers Warned of Looming Paint Shortages

Paint customers are being warned to stock up now on Dulux paints, with flyers warning that supply shortages are imminent being distributed today at Bunnings’ stores. Workers at Dulux’s only Australian paint factory are on day two of indefinite industrial action outside the facility. “Many of these workers stand to lose their jobs next year after the Rocklea facility downsizes,” United Voice Branch Secretary Gary Bullock  explained. “They’ve been asking the company to remove its cap on redundancy payouts. “Many of them have worked here for decades and have stuck with the company through thick and thin. Five years ago, they worked around the clock to get their facility back up and running after the Brisbane floods.”   Continue reading

QHealth Christmas Shutdown

Christmas is right around the corner, and Queensland Health has just released the Christmas Closure policy for this year. You can view a copy of the policy here and guidelines here. The compulsory closure is between Friday 25 December and Friday 1 January 2016. If your area is proposing to shutdown for longer than this compulsory period and you don’t have enough leave, or don’t want to use it, alternative work must be offered to you. Contact Member Assist on 3291 4600 or 1800 065 885 for more information.

QML Bargaining Update

United Voice delegates and officials participated in the second QML Pathology enterprise bargaining meeting at Murarrie this week. A number of claims were discussed at this meeting, and an in-principle agreement has been reached on several United Voice claims, including: Inserting a new clause compelling QML to begin bargaining 3 months prior to the expiration of the new Agreement – AGREED A new Joint Consultative Committee will meet a minimum of 4 times per year – AGREED Rosters are to be provided 2 weeks in advance - AGREED By negotiation with management staff will have the ability to take part days off as annual leave - AGREED Recognition of the rights of unions and union members – AGREED Greater choice of Industry Superannuation funds – AGREED Review into Classifications – AGREED Guarantee of flexible return to work arrangements for maternity leave – AGREED Continue reading