Private Sector News - May 2017
Happy Labour Day and welcome to another edition of your union-mail!
Labour Day celebrations occurred around the state last weekend to celebrate the wonderful achievements of workers and unions.
If you are proud of your workplace and the work you do, encourage your colleagues to join your union!
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Labour Day 2017
May 1 was Labour Day – the day we celebrate the achievements of the union movement and the wins union member have secured in their workplace. This year just in Brisbane, around 30,000 union members marched with an overwhelming message to employers – protect weekend penalty rates!
Penalty rates are just one of the workplace entitlements union members have won for Australian workers. Union members have won a whole range of workplace entitlements over the years including;
- Holiday pay
- Health and Safety laws
- Pay rises
- Sick and carers leave
- Parental Leave
- Equal pay!
In your workplace, Together members bargain collectively with their employer to improve wages and conditions. Recent improvements include pay rises, improved classification structures, parental leave and strengthened job security.
Being a Together member is a great way to target issues that are affecting you and your colleagues, and work towards a resolution in a timely way. If there are things in your workplace you and your colleagues would like to see changed or improved, please contact me so we can discuss the steps that need to be taken to achieve this.
I hope you had a great Labour Day weekend and congratulations to all the members who participated in their march!
Virgin Australia members move to address low paid work.
At their EB meetings, members raised concerns with the number of staff at Brisbane Airport who were paid lower than their colleagues in other states. Determined to change their workplace, they got together, joined their union, and elected a delegate to represent them at the negotiating table.
Delegates wrote seeking statistics from the company, which showed that 60% of Brisbane Virgin Australia staff were being paid on GS Level 1 (the lowest wage level) – this is much higher than the rest of the nation, with Sydney and Melbourne appearing to only have 6-12% of staff paid at the GS Level 1 pay grade.
Members got active in their workplace and campaigned to increase their pay. They petitioned their colleagues which gave their delgates the power to negotiate for pay increases. This resulted in 14 staff members directly transitioned to GS Level 2 the very next week.
This is how union members change their workplace – by identifying concerns, working together and getting active in their workplaces to secure better pay and conditions.
Change at work does not just happen - its members like you that make it happen.
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month
This month (May) is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. There are many events and programs running this month to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence of this sort will not be tolerated. Australia has unacceptably high rates of domestic and family violence, but it’s something we are often uncomfortable to talk about. That’s part of the problem.
As a union we are campaigning to make sure that workers who are experiencing domestic and family violence can be supported at work. This includes bargaining for rights for workers experiencing DFV – leave, access to support services and making sure employers know how to support a worker in this situation. It could be the support at work that saves their life.
We have been engaging with employers across Queensland to ensure their policies and agreements support workers through leave and other flexible work options. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Teacher’s Union Health is for union members
TUH offers Together members and their families competitive private health packages and pricing and superior preventative health services too. All profits go back into providing better services for their members.
Book some time to speak with your organiser.
Your team at your union office is always available to discuss issues affecting you and your colleages and now we have made it easier for you to get in touch. Here are three ways to contact an organiser:
- Click here to Book a call from your organiser – https://calendly.com/together/teleconference
- Send us an email Privatesector@together.org.au
- Or give your union office a call on 1800 177 244
Members right across the state have a team of dedicated Organisers and Industrial Officers here to guide and support you.
Being a Together member is a great way to target issues that are affecting you and your colleagues, and work towards a resolution in a timely way. If there are things in your workplace you and your colleagues would like to see changed or improved, please contact your organisers so we can discuss the steps that need to be taken to achieve this.
If you have questions about your workplace, you can contact our professional industrial staff on 1800 177 244 or firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on your entitlements and other workplace matters.