Celebrating School Cleaners

Posted by Alex Scott on June 12, 2013

There is a lot going on in schools at the moment.  The Costello Commission of Audit report will bring a lot of changes with its emphasis on contestability. These changes will affect cleaners and schools officers in the future.  We will see increased autonomy devolving down to schools which will mean that schools will be taking less direction from Education Queensland, and there will be extra work for school administration staff in implementing these reforms.

Union members around the state are holding meetings over the next few weeks to receive a special briefing on the latest developments on job security, privatisation and your wages and conditions.

Buildings, or real services?

Posted by Alex Scott on June 11, 2013

As a direct result of your union’s successes in influencing the public debate on privatisation and job cuts, on Wednesday 5 June the Newman government passed legislation aimed at stopping any activity by unions that is defined as “political” in the broadest possible sense.

State Government Security agreement

Posted by Together Queensland on June 4, 2013

Members have endorsed holding a formal ballot on whether a new offer from the Department of Housing and Public Works should be supported. The results of last week’s email survey indicated that 83.5% of members who responded to the survey supported the agreement going to a ballot of all employees.

Public Works: The next step on your agreement.

Posted by Together Queensland on June 4, 2013

After union members decided to accept the proposal, the Department of Housing and Public Works will be holding a ballot of employees to formally decide whether to accept or reject the offer for their new enterprise bargaining agreement.

Corrections: An impasse.

Posted by Alex Scott on June 4, 2013

The negotiations for a new agreement in Custodial Corrections have come to an impasse.

Fraser Coast - It's our turn

Posted by Jim Nilon and the Together for Fraser Coast Team on May 28, 2013

We know our government plans to privatise our services here, on the Fraser Coast. We know this includes our local correctional centre, which will endanger our community’s safety. We know that this agenda means cuts to our health and education services. And, we know all of this will have an impact on every one of us.

TAFE Minister fails the test

Posted by Alex Scott on May 27, 2013

The Queensland Government has forced through its TAFE Bill and, as a result, from 1 July this year, TAFE will become an independent statutory body and all TAFE staff will be systematically moved out of the Public Service into the new entity.

Decision on HP Application to the Industrial Court

Posted by Alex Scott on May 27, 2013

The long-awaited decision of the Industrial Court in the matter filed by Queensland Health was handed down by President Hall this week.

A better Townsville: A better Queensland

Posted by The Together for Townsville Team on May 23, 2013

We know the government’s plan for the privatisation of our services under the label of ‘contestability’ would see Townsville’s services given to the cheapest provider. It would see our regional economy hurt and our families dishing out more money for things like healthcare, education and safety. This isn't good enough and together we can make a stand.

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