Member emails

HP2 and HP3 Update

Posted by Jim Gannon on October 24, 2014

HSQ delegates and I have been dealing with the downgrading of HP3 positions to HP2 when vacancies are occurring in Queensland Health Pathology Labs.

The positions we are questioning have been advertised at a HP2 level. They will be forced to work night shifts and may be accountable for carrying out complex tasks without supervision of more experienced HPs. 

Today. For Fair Pay.

Posted by Alex Scott on October 24, 2014

Where has October gone? 

Workplaces have been a buzz with Fair Pay activities, with people like you calculating what fair pay would mean for you, and coming together with your colleagues to host a Fair Pay Referendum.

The Fair Pay blitz activities continue, this week our team was out talking to workers in Townsville, Coomera, Windaroo, and Morayfield. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, people really understand what's at stake when it comes to delivering fair pay. 

Let's meet to stop the TAFE cuts

Posted by Suzi Wharton & Rana Watson on October 24, 2014

We've been hearing from members across TAFE campuses across Queensland how cuts will hurt you and TAFE students. Cuts that threaten TAFE as a key pillar of education. 

Members have also been talking to us and wanting to hear more about how we can turn the tide on these cuts, to work together for better lives and to protect the things that make TAFE great. 

Together. For change in Ashgrove.

Posted by Mark McDonell on October 22, 2014

I am writing to tell you about the activities which your union Together is undertaking in Campbell Newman’s seat of Ashgrove. We have a plan for real change, and with you, will be increasing our activities in the lead up to the next state election.

Voting NO

Posted by Jan Sheppard on October 21, 2014

Members have overwhelmingly told us that they are unhappy and have directed the union to reject this substandard offer.

Join me for a better offer

Posted by Dan Goldman on October 21, 2014

For months we have been telling Mater management that you deserve and expect better than they are proposing. The Mater have been “considering our feedback”. Last week I returned from leave to finally see the full offer from Mater to HP’s. I was very disappointed and even angry.  

Based on the Together survey results, so are you. If you have not filled out the survey please do so and let us know what is important to you.

Don't offshore more jobs

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on October 20, 2014

In a petition recently released, Australians are giving voice to their frustration with the national carrier which recently announced it was reneging on its promise made in May this year to not offshore more call centre jobs. The petition calls on Joyce and the Board to immediately reverse this decision and abide by their promise to maintain jobs in Australia and the excellent service our onshore staff delivers.

>> Tell Alan Joyce & the Qantas Board – keep your promise, no more offshoring!

We met with the Schools Minister yesterday: A new allocative model?

Posted by Kate Flanders on October 20, 2014

We had a very important meeting yesterday about the future of school support staff.

At Bundaberg Community Cabinet yesterday a Together delegation met with Minister for Education, Training and Employment John Paul Langbroek and Director-General Dr Jim Watterston along with other senior departmental officials.

Come to a meeting near you to hear more and get involved.

"An incredibly dignified request for fairness"

Posted by Kate Flanders on October 20, 2014

Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting beside Together members John, Kaye, Grant and Suzanne as they presented your petition for fair pay for all to Education Minister John Paul Langbroek on behalf of the Premier.

John, is a schools officer of 20 years experience, and Kaye is an Administration Officer of 25 years experience. Both have worked in local schools all this time. Both spoke passionately about their jobs, what it means to them to do this work and how hard it is to work so hard for the lowest wage in the government while going above and beyond every day.


Posted by Alex Scott on October 17, 2014

"To pay for my dog to get heart surgery." 

"Get the front stairs fixed up." 

"Go on holiday to see my son in Victoria." 

These are just some of the reasons why Fair Pay matters and why people are taking action this month.

It’s now halfway through October, our Fair Pay Referendum month. Our blitz teams have been out and about in Mackay, Ipswich, Toowoomba, the Gold Coast and Brisbane's inner-west so far, with more locations to come - talking to workers about why fair pay matters to them and how they can take action to stand for Fair Pay.


Or you can send a quick email to and an Organiser will contact you about holding a referendum in your workplace. 

Members like you, including many people who are new to our union, are demonstrating through their actions that you support fair wage increases, that you support receiving the same percentage pay rise as politicians and that you want fair pay, not broken promises. 

Take action and ask a colleague to JOIN you in Together today. 

Every new member who joins you as a Together member this month, will have their fees put towards a Fair Pay advertising blitz in November. 

Actions. Actions that make a difference for you, your workplace and your community.

So far, we’ve seen people from hundreds of workplaces stepping up and showing that they are prepared to help them and their colleagues be Fair Pay Voters in their workplace.

Too often, it’s our elected representatives who we hear all sorts of talk from and very little action. Right now, it’s every LNP backbench MP that we must persuade to act for fair pay, to act to stop Campbell Newman’s broken promise that is costing public servants and their local businesses every day.

With you, we have a plan to get their attention and shift the landscape, and that starts with this Fair Pay Referendum throughout October.

So don’t miss out -  sign up to get your kit by registering here or email us

Let’s keep it going. For Fair Pay.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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