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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

Job Security and Workplace Health and Safety for School Cleaners

  Congratulations to school cleaners. The United Voice School Cleaner Negotiating Team and Education Queensland have reached an in-principle agreement in relation to a replacement School Cleaner Certified Agreement. The parties were able to reach in-principle agreement on those items which school cleaners said were most important.1.       A wage increase as follows which is in line with the Government Wage Policy: 1.04% to apply from 1 April 2016 (This is due to the fact that an increase of 2.5% has already been granted from 1 April 2015 – 1 April 2016.  The 1.04% is an interim increase to align with 1 September expiry date of agreement). 2.5% to apply from 1 September 2016 2.5% to apply from 1 September 20172.      Reinstatement of all provisions which were removed in legislation changes by the previous state government. This includes the clauses relating to contracting out. 3.      The establishment of a working party to explore the role of cleaners including career paths, professional development and any other matters agreed by the parties.4.      Commitment to Workplace Health and Safety.  This supports the claim for reinstatement of School Cleaning Advisors and will commence with a pilot program at the start of 2016. Continue reading