Boystown members win strong new agreement

Posted April 19, 2013 by Together Queensland

Union members in Boystown have secured a strong new agreement that is now going to a vote before it can be certified.

Aside from a 14% wages increase over the three year life of the agreement, some of the highlights of the agreement include:

  • A number of new allowances such as travel, transport, excursion, sleepover and first aid allowance;
  • The inclusion of a clause allowing the conversion of casual staff;
  • An increase in paid maternity leave by 2 weeks to a total of 8 weeks; and
  • the inclusion of an outplacement program as part of the redundancy clause.

The extra two weeks’ paid maternity leave will be available to primary carers utilising the BoysTown paid maternity leave entitlement on or after 14th April 2013.

The outplacement program is a professional service aimed at assisting individual employees who have been made redundant get back into work as soon as possible.

Well done to all union members who contributed to the campaign for a new agreement.

Union members in many other health and community sector workplaces will be fighting for a similarly strong deal as their negotiations continue:

  • Negotiations have resumed at Bluecare
  • Negotiations continue to establish the first Enterprise Agreement for our Health Professionals working for the AEIOU Foundation – (Autism and Early Intervention Programs).
  • At Uniting Care Health, clerical and administrative members are holding meetings to enable them to continue the classification review which was agreed to in the last EBA, as well as progressing negotiations for a replacement agreement
  • Members at Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital are holding firm against an employer who thinks members should have to “offset” wage increases and improved benefits as ordered by Fair Work Australia out of existing conditions, instead of living up to their responsibility to pay members fairly in recognition for the skills that they proudly bring to work each day.

Members in these areas will continue to be kept informed as negotiations progress.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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