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Thousands Rally Behind Sacked Worker

Current and former workers at the Capalaba Sports Club say a decision by their employer to push them on to an agreement that removes their penalty rates and slashes their pay is underhand, unfair and may be illegal. Workers were recently called in to a meeting where they were told a company called Hospitality X was taking over staff management at the Club. “We were told that we had to sign a new agreement that traded away our penalty rates,” former employee and United Voice member Samarah Wilson said. “If we didn’t sign, we no longer had a job at the Capalaba Sports Club,” Samarah said. “I couldn’t afford to take a $5,000 annual hit while maintaining the same hours, and I also thought that what we were being asked to do was really unfair, so I didn’t sign. “Losing my job was incredibly stressful, but the whole situation has been even worse for many of the workers who are still there now and struggling to make ends meet. “I think what the club has done is disgusting and I’d like to see them immediately reinstate penalty rates and issue an apology for every worker whose life has been affected by this decision.” Samarah Wilson’s petition can be accessed at  

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 Today lawyers for SSDS have withdrawn their claim to avoid paying eligible members redundancy pay.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