EB9: It's time to put the pressure on

Posted by Together Queensland on September 21, 2016

EB9: Stand Up for Health WorkersYesterday was another mammoth day of negotiations with Queensland Health and for once we have some hard concrete positions to report back to you. 

It’s really getting to the pointy end of the process. These positions from Queensland Health won’t change unless we do something to make them change. 

We are putting forward all the best arguments but we need you to join us. We need to demonstrate that we all care about the need for change to ensure our important claims move to the "yes" column.

Yay! Documents released about 2017 funding

Posted by Together Queensland on September 16, 2016

It is great that today, after several months of talks, we are seeing the 'hows' and 'whens' of the $100,000,000 investment in school support staff starting in 2017.

HPDO: Next steps

Posted by Together Queensland on September 15, 2016

We started talking about flexible working hours, transition to retirement and budget transparency in our EB negotiations yesterday.

It is clear that Queensland Health representatives are not jumping to address these problems. It didn’t feel like we made big progress in talks yesterday, so there isn’t too much to report on and definitely nothing solid. 

What I do know is that we don’t want to sit back and let this happen over and over and feel like we are stalled.

EB9: Negotiations cancelled

Posted by Together Queensland on September 14, 2016

Yesterday our negotiations with Queensland Health were cancelled at the last minute because QH negotiators were unwell. We wish them a speedy recovery.

What we need to do as a union now is make sure that our issues cannot be ignored or delayed any more.

The reality is that even if negotiations were on yesterday, I am not sure we would have really cut through. QH will continue to go through the motions and say "no" or "maybe" unless we give them a reason to sit up and listen.

I've been involved in many agreement negotiations as a delegate. If there is one thing I have learned it's that our arguments are good but our actions speak more clearly.

That's why we are considering asking you to vote on industrial action in the next few weeks. So are you up for it? What would you do to get QH to listen to us?

DET Together Member Update

Posted by Together Queensland on September 13, 2016

We have had a number of concerns raised by members across DET regional offices and we wanted to gather your views about these issues through this survey.

These issues include your ability to access and accumulate accrued time off, workloads and bullying.

Together Therapists Update

Posted by Together Queensland on September 13, 2016

As Term 3 draws to a close we wanted to touch base and let you know that we have been continuing to raise issues on behalf of members working as Therapists in DET through our Agency Consultative Committee and other means. You can see those here and here.

We also have another opportunity now to look at the overall resourcing of therapy within DET.

Schools ACC report Back

Posted by Together Queensland on September 13, 2016

At the Agency Consultative Committee meeting held last month, Together representatives attended and a number of items were discussed. 

Below is a brief summary of the agenda items.

Any individual member who has concerns about any of these items should contact the union office on 1800 177 244.

UQ: Paid time meeting this Friday 16 September - ESS Proposal – Finance & HR

Posted by Together Queensland on September 12, 2016

We are holding the following meetings this Friday around the current ESS propasal:

HPDO: We're writing the agenda

Posted by PJ - HPDO Delegate on September 9, 2016

Yesterday we had our first negotiation with Queensland Health. While the first negotiation was not very exciting, it was important to set the ground work for the rest of the negotiations.

Term 3 Together

Posted by Together Queensland on September 8, 2016

It was great to see so many proud union members celebrating School Support Staff Recognition Week this past week.

Congratulations! And thank you for everything you do!

Review of School Support Staff Allocation – New Classifications and Resources 2017

Any day now we’ll have the new staffing calculator for 2017 and a 'Frequently Asked Questions' document released by the Department that outline how the upgrades for members will work in 2017. Yay!

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