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Public Healthcare Budget Win

Radiation and oncology therapy workers are celebrating after Minister for Health Cameron Dick announced that cancer care services at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital will not be outsourced in Parliament today. Hundreds of people signed petitions to keep the hospital’s radiation therapy services in-house, including many members of United Voice who were concerned about the impact outsourcing would have on the provision of care and on the workforce. This is a great win for many of our members who were deeply concerned about the impact of outsourced cancer care services in the region. Effective public healthcare should serve the Queensland public first and foremost, which is why this announcement is such a win for the Sunshine Coast community. Continue reading

Serco Sodexo

There is some good news for United Voice members who worked for Serco Sodexo Defence Services. United Voice has fought hard to protect members redundancy entitlements for permanent and part time employees. And today we won! Today lawyers for SSDS have withdrawn their claim to avoid paying eligible members redundancy pay. Eligible workers who have not been paid redundancy pay will be paid redundancy pay.  Continue reading

Delegates Conference Winds Up

Around 40 aged care delegates gathered for a two-day conference in South Brisbane this week, discussing a range of important issues in the sector. Conference sessions covered specific workplace issues, bargaining advice, changes in funding for the sector and more. Some recurring themes were raised by delegates including concern over the the increasing corporatisation of the industry, and how to effectively meet the needs of the elderly with ever-tighter budgets and constraints from management teams.   Continue reading