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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

30 Hours for Teacher Aides

  Congratulation to teacher aides - your United Voice Teacher Aide Negotiating Team and Education Queensland have reached an in-principle agreement in relation to a replacement Teacher Aide Certified Agreement. After some intense discussions, the parties were able to reach in-principle agreement on those items which teacher aides said were most important. A wage rise of 2.5% per annum to apply from 1 September 2015 with subsequent increases on 1 September 2016 and 1 September 2017. This in line with the Government Wage Policy. Reinstatement of all provisions which were removed in legislation changes by the previous state government. The ability for teacher aides to maximise to 30 hours per week or 6 hours per day excluding ADO.  This to replace the current 28.75 hours per week or 5.75 hours per day in the current agreement. Improved processes around the whole maximisation process in particular removal of the PLHs. The establishment of a working group to address the issues of the changing role of teacher aides, career paths, qualifications and classification structure with particular emphasis on how there could be genuine acknowledgement of work done by those teacher aides performing specialised health procedures and other duties in special schools. Continue reading

United Voice members speak out at Productivity Commission Hearing

Earlier this week, three United Voice members spoke up for penalty rates at the Productivity Commission hearing in Ipswich. Hospitality worker Samarah Wilson was joined by Early Childhood Educator Karen Moran, who spoke about how an increasingly 24/7 economy would impact on her industry, and Aged Care Worker Wayne Porritt, who spoke about the toll that weekend work takes and why workers deserve to be fairly paid for it. As you may know, until recently, Samarah worked at the Capalaba Sports Club. She lost her job after refusing to sign onto an agreement that would have removed her weekend rates. "It highlighted to me just how vital the extra income that comes from penalty rates is for so many Australians who work on their weekends," Samarah said.The Restaurant & Catering Association, along with a number of other employer groups, is calling on the Federal Government and the Fair Work Commission to slash weekend penalty rates for people like me. If you haven’t already, you can tell the Productivity Commission why their plan to cut wages is a bad idea. Have your say now by clicking here.