Expensive consultants

Posted by Alex Scott on August 28, 2011

As the final step in the amalgamation of the QPSU and ASU your union has been renamed Together. Together is one of the largest and best resourced unions in the country. Over the coming weeks you'll be hearing more about your new union and our campaigns to maintain job security, make sure that wages keep pace with the cost of living and protect investment in public services. In the meantime you can still access expert industrial advice by calling 1800 177 244.

QIMR: Slow going in negotiations as delegates seek answers

Posted by Alex Scott on August 27, 2011

The blog on the negotiations for a new collective agreement in QIMR has been updated!  Click here to read the post.

DTMR: A new offer - more to do

Posted by Alex Scott on August 25, 2011

TMR workers should be congratulated on their efforts during the Transport & Main Roads EDA8 campaign. It is members' commitment to standing Together that has meant the government has again been forced to come up with a new offer.

TAFE is the first agency to give a blanket offer of VSPs to all of its employees. However, this does not mean that all employees who express an interest will be successful in receiving a package.

You will by now be aware that the Minister and Director-General decided late last Friday to reschedule further roll out of the OneSchool Release 3 until second term next year.

Union staff were advised by a telephone call from the Director General  at around 5pm on Friday that she and the Minister, after seeing members’ letters and the results of the mini survey, had intervened to ensure more support and training would be provided to administration staff across the state before further rollout.

This decision was made as a result of representations made by your delegates following the hundreds of responses from members received through the survey, emails and phone calls, as well as discussions with delegates and organisers across the state.

The overwhelming view of members was that there were very significant problems that had occurred as a result of the OneSchool rollout. These included:

  • Problems with the system
  • Excessive workloads
  • Unreasonable stress
  • Lack of resources to support the rollout
  • Insufficient training

When the decision was made to rollout OneSchool Finance module in stages, it was made to ensure that if it became clear there were problems with those problems could be fixed before further rollout.
The decision of the Minister and the DG to reschedule the rollout to make sure the current issues are resolved honours that previous commitment.

The decision of our delegates to seek that the September rollout be rescheduled was not taken lightly, but given the widespread concerns there was no other choice. WhileTogether Delegates are aware that some members may be frustrated that the roll out won’t commence in their school now for some months, despite some preparation already occurring, those that had previously volunteered to progress with the roll out thinking it would all be fine, are clearly regretting not having more training now that they are aware of the full implications of the program.

We are now focusing on supporting those schools that are currently using the OneSchool Finance module as well as making sure that when the final rollout does occur schools are prepared and have the resources required to support them. The Department has proposed a series of measures to provide that support as well as continue to assist Schools in getting ready. A copy of that proposal can be found here. If you have any thoughts about these or other ways schools could be supported during the roll out please email

Members should be proud of their efforts in achieving these changes. The hundreds of emails and responses to the survey painted a very clear picture of the concerns. It is through making sure their voices were heard that the Minister and Director General understood the level of feeling about this matter. Please keep in contact with delegates and check the union website at for updates as the campaign to properly support the OneSchool release continues.

Members will recall that in the last month, there have been hearings in the QIRC (Queensland Industrial Relations Commission) in an effort to progress the offer made by Queensland Health to settle the most immediate issues for payroll staff, being around classifications and stability of the workforce.

Roadmaps, Leave and more

Posted by Alex Scott on August 20, 2011

The blog on the negotiations for a new collective agreement in QIMR has been updated!  Click here to read the post.

QIMR management must show good faith

Posted by Alex Scott on August 16, 2011

The blog on the negotiations for a new collective agreement in QIMR has been updated!  Click here to read the post.

Schools: You need to speak up

Posted by Alex Scott on August 13, 2011

Following last week's email regarding concerns over the rollout of the OneSchool Finance module we have received hundreds of responses from members. These responses highlighted serious issues with the program including ongoing technical issues, delays in support, stress and excessive workload.

Progress on QIMR negotiations

Posted by Alex Scott on August 13, 2011

The blog on the negotiations for a new collective agreement in QIMR has been updated!  Click here to read the post.

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