Quality for all of us

Posted March 18, 2013 by Alex Scott

The state government wants to privatise public services, including:

  • Hospitals and health care;
  • Disability services;
  • Child protection services
  • Corrective services; and
  • Aged care facilities.

Opposing this plan will be front and centre of the campaign for our next Collective Agreement - it is already clear that the Department wants to strip even more rights away from us in bargaining. As part of that fight we have lodged applications to have the Protected Action Ballots necessary to take industrial action. These ballots are new and were introduced by this government to try and make it harder for you to fight for a fair deal. It is vital that these ballots, which will be run by the Electoral Commission of Queensland are successful in every centre. Talk to your local delegate for more information about how you can vote to take action.

Your fight is part of a much bigger fight. The government's "Queensland Plan" needs to focus on quality service provision, not selling off services and cutting costs.

Premier Campbell Newman will be promoting the plan in a showcase event in Mackay on 10 May. Union members will be asking him to put quality services on the agenda.

Sign the Change.Org petition and ask the Premier to oppose privatisation.

We can win, and build a stronger union that protects all services for Queenslanders from the agenda of short-sighted politicians.

PS. We expect the government will announce new legislation in the next few weeks to rewrite even more of your award and collective agreement, this time removing your ability to pay union fees by payroll deduction. If you are paying your fees by payroll deduction, you need to change your payment method now.

 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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