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CONCERNS RAISED OVER PRISON OVERCROWDING

A United Voice survey carried out by correctional officers found that they believe overcrowding and understaffing is putting their safety at risk. Just 16% of those who took part believe that the current number of prisoners is manageable without creating a safety risk. While only 11% of those who completed the survey think there is always enough staff rostered on to ensure safe working conditions.   Continue reading

MEMBERS DELIVER SUBMISSION ON IR AMENDMENT BILL

Our members recently delivered our submission to the committee investigating the Industrial Relations Amendment Bill 2015. Ambulance officer Michael Beak, school cleaner Barbara Turomsza and radiographer Des Hardman joined United Voice co-ordinator Michael Clifford to present our submission on behalf of all our members. It comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that she would amend the legislation which outlawed agreements on employment security, protections against contracting out and union encouragement.   Continue reading

BUDGET IS BAD NEWS FOR MEMBERS

Joe Hockey’s second budget wasn’t much better than his first with cuts to health and education impacting on all Queenslanders. The government did nothing to reverse the harmful cuts in last year’s budget and are cutting a massive $80 billion from our schools and hospitals. This means there will be less money to spend on important jobs and programs and less money to access quality healthcare here in Queensland.   Continue reading