The union representing ambulance officers, health professionals, prison officers, teacher aides and school cleaners, is calling on the Palaszczuk Government to deliver more funding for schools, hospitals and community safety in next week’s State Budget.
United Voice Queensland President Sharron Caddie said it was more important than ever for the State Labor Government to boost funds in key areas, after the re-election of the Liberal Morrison Government.
“Because of Federal cuts to Queensland’s health system, the situation in our hospitals is now dire,” Ms Caddie said.
“Our ambulance members have been vocal in their calls for the State Government to step in and urgently fund 250 additional ambulance officers to ease pressure on our emergency services.
“Private prison officers have raised serious concerns about safety and mismanagement of the privately run Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.
“We welcome the Premier’s commitment to bring the state’s private prisons back into state control, and want to see funding in black and white in this budget.
“Teacher aides and school cleaners have recently reached a new agreement with the State Labor Government for improved conditions and pay increases.
“We look forward to seeing these benefits flow through to our members who play a vital role in the education of Queensland students.
“Every single day, United Voice members provide essential services to Queenslanders. They are the backbone of our communities.
“We expect to see additional funding in the key areas they work in, which will ultimately benefit all Queenslanders.”