Bring on the vote - one week to go
The vote on the Bill to restore workplace rights for Queenslanders is scheduled for one week from today.
This Bill is crucial for the people who deliver services for Queenslanders. The Bill restores the basic rights at work that were ripped away by the Newman government. Without these protections it will be harder for those who work in state or local government to bargain with their employer to reach fair agreements that protect rights and entitlements.
On Monday, Together delegates Dr Sandy Donald (Queensland Health) and Jo O’Shanesy (Child Safety) gave evidence to the Parliamentary committee about the Bill. Click on the links to watch their videos.
Politicians need to hear from you, the people who have been affected by Campbell Newman’s workplace laws, to understand why it is important to bring on the vote and pass this Bill.
Here are three things you can do:
Contact your MP
You can contact your local state politician by using our email form here and ask them to support the Bill. Many MPs have indicated they will support the Bill, which is excellent. Some have still not yet said which way they will vote. Either way, it's important that MPs hear from you directly so that your stories and your views can inform them as they speak and vote on the Bill.
Tele Town Hall
Next week we will be organising special “tele town hall” events where you can speak to politicians directly.
Tuesday, 2 June, 1pm – we've invited MPs from Mt Coot-tha, Ashgrove, Everton, Kallangur, Pine Rivers and Murrumba to a lunchtime tele town hall to take questions from you and for them to tell you where they stand on this vote. Tuesday, 2 June, 6:45pm – we'll be holding a second tele town hall where we have invited MPs from Chatsworth, Bulimba, Greenslopes, Yeerongpilly, Sunnybank and Mt Ommaney. Wednesday, 3 June, 1pm – We’ve invited the Katter Party MPs, Robbie Katter from Mt Isa and Shane Knuth from Dalrymple, to hear from you before they vote on the Bill. Dial in to the conference for your state electorate by calling 07 3088 6911. The number will be the same for each conference.
Use this form to sign up to be involved in the campaign, and ask your friends and colleagues to get involved as well.
The campaign to restore fairness and rights at work is moving forward thanks to your efforts. With one week to go, let's bring on the vote and get the fairness Bill passed.