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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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PTSD EVIDENT AMONG QUEENSLAND AMBOS

A new study has revealed a significant number of Queensland ambulance officers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of stress associated with the exposure to trauma that comes with the job.

The study, conducted by Griffith University researchers in partnership with United Voice and the Ambulance Employees’ Association of South Australia, involved 1,216 surveys and 72 interviews with emergency services employees in Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

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Update from Australian Super

Another great year for Australian Super members

It’s been another great year for AustralianSuper members, with the Balanced option – where the majority of member’s funds are invested – delivering its ninth year in a row of positive returns. The return of 11.08% for the year to 30 June 2018 is the fifth year out of the last six that returns have been in double digits and places the investment option in the top three performing funds over 1, 3, 5 and 20 years to 30 June 2018.*

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XXXX admits drop in top spot while shunning workers from 140th party

Managers at Milton’s XXXX brewery have shunned their workers from attending 140th celebrations at the site this week, instead requesting staff use their own annual leave to stay home during the exclusive event.

Parent company Lion, owned by beer giant Kirrin, will host the 140th anniversary at the brewery on Thursday, to be attended by dignitaries, politicians, selected upper management and members of the public, while workers who have been there for decades are told to stay away.

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Fair Work Commission bargaining order

The Fair Work Commission has made a bargaining order. The bargaining order, during its period of operation:

 

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MULTINATIONAL LEAVES CAIRNS AIRPORT WORKERS STRANDED

Supporters will rally at Cairns airport tomorrow to protest a multinational company’s decision to leave the city without paying local workers their full entitlements. Some delays to travel are expected as a result.

The high visibility action comes as Danish security contractor ISS prepares to cease operations at the airport and terminate its 100 local workers. ISS recently lost the contract for security services at both Cairns and Mackay airports. The officers employed by ISS at Cairns have been told that their employment will finish on 31 August.

 

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Fair Work Commission order

The Fair Work Commission has issued an Order stopping industrial action at XXXX Brewery.

Under the terms of the Order:

  • No industrial action should be organised, engaged in, or threatened to be engaged in;
  • Any organisation or advice by United Voice to engage in any industrial action is withdrawn; and
  • The order can be viewed by clicking here.