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Unions back recommendation to jail dodgy employers for wage theft

MEDIA RELEASE: Queensland Council of Unions

Queensland Unions have backed an in-principle recommendation to jail dodgy employers who deliberately or recklessly underpay workers.

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Qld Children's Hospital workers rally

Non-clinical contract workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital held a public rally and BBQ outside the hospital on 8 Feb to protest getting paid up to $10 less per hour than Queensland Health employees who do the same job at other hospitals.



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Casino workers' new EBA takes effect

Casino workers at Star Gold Coast are now benefiting from a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement that recently took effect.

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Ambos and health workers to benefit from Labor’s $33M pledge

Members working in health and ambulance services south of Brisbane have won a funding commitment from Labor leader Bill Shorten that would alleviate patient congestion at Logan Hospital’s Emergency Department.

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QLD CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WORKERS TO RALLY AGAINST WAGE THEFT

Non-clinical contract workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital are holding a public rally and BBQ outside the hospital today to protest getting paid up to $10 less per hour than Queensland Health employees who do the same job at other hospitals.

The workers are employed by Medirest, which is contracted by the hospital through parent company Compass to provide catering and support services. 


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REPORT CONFIRMS CORRUPTION AND COVER UPS AT PRIVATE PRISONS

The Crime and Corruption Commission’s (CCC) Taskforce Flaxton report released today has revealed Queensland’s privately run prisons create significant corruption risks and lack oversight by the Corrective Services Ethical Standards Unit.

United Voice Queensland, the union representing the state’s private prison officers, said recommendations by the independent watch dog backed up calls to tighten safety standards and transparency at private prisons, particularly Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

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Union welcomes recommendations to stamp out wage theft

We've welcomed key recommendations in a Parliamentary inquiry report into wage theft released today.

Among its recommendations, the report calls for wage theft to be criminalised and a crackdown on sham contracting, zombie agreements, withholding super and labour hire.

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New rail medic trial is privatisation by stealth

A new plan to trial profit-driven medics at inner-city train stations has been labelled ‘privatisation by stealth’ by the union that represents Queensland’s paramedics.

United Voice Queensland Secretary Gary Bullock said the Palaszczuk Government needed to answer to the state’s thousands of ambulance officers who were left in the dark on this week’s announcement.

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Insurance change to help younger super members grow their life savings

AustralianSuper members under age 25 are no longer given insurance automatically when they join the fund in a bid to stop account erosion and make the system simpler and fairer for young members.

In an industry first, younger fund members will be able to opt in to insurance rather than automatically receive it when they join.

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Angry educators to rally outside Dutton’s childcare centre

Brisbane childcare educators and their union United Voice will be rallying outside the Camelia Avenue Childcare Centre in Everton Hills on 23 October as part of a campaign calling on local federal government MPs to front up to their responsibility to adequately fund the early childhood education sector.

The centre is owned by a family trust of which Peter Dutton is a beneficiary.

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