News@together | December 2013

Posted December 5, 2013 by Together Queensland

As the year draws to a close we reflect on a time of challenges and successes for all union members.

Being part of a union matters because when employers and governments attack rights at work it’s how workers can stand together to protect rights and win.

The year 2013 has taught us that so many people from all walks of life are able to achieve great things by supporting each other as union members, and there are some examples in this latest edition of News@Together – like the huge win on workplace health and safety by members in Corrections.

Remember you can email with any suggestions, tips and news - and you can read this stories online by following this link on the Together website.

Wherever you are and whatever you do, please enjoy safe and happy holidays and take care of yourselves and each other this summer! 

Corrections members achieve safety win

Last week Together members at the Lotus Glen Correctional Centre took a stand for decency, for health and safety and for fairness and they won.

"Harm" Bill passes Parliament, amending IR laws

In late November Campbell Newman and his government once again changed Queensland’s workplace laws to suit themselves.

Interim increase for Health Practitioners

Last week as predicted the government implemented a 2.2% wage increase for Health Practitioners after they rewrote their industrial relations laws to freeze the collective bargaining negotiations and pause the impending collective action by HPs.

Qantas announces profit downgrade – we will fight to save jobs

In the lead up to Christmas, Qantas management has decided to announce a profit downgrade to the stock market signalling too that over the next 12 months 1000 positions will go from the Qantas group.

Pathology/BTS members fight privatisation

On 19 November, Together delegates Jim Gannon, Phil Winwood and Gary Bourne along with John Connor (Together Organiser) and Alex Scott met with the Health Minister Lawrence Springborg in Parliament House to discuss the proposed privatisation of pathology services.

Boating and fisheries patrol staff win on allowances

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol staff have won a victory over the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)’s attempts to change their allowances.

Federal government undermines workers’ retirements with super changes

The ASU is continuing to voice its opposition to regressive changes to superannuation being delivered by the new Abbott Government. The Senate Economics Legislation Committee is hearing submissions on the repeal of the Mining Tax, which includes removal of the Low Income Super Contribution (LISC) and a delay to the increase in the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) from 9-12%. Both of those changes will have a significant adverse impact on workers, particularly the low paid.

Win on natural justice for member

Together industrial staff continue to fight and win for members’ rights to natural justice when adverse action is taken against them. Recently industrial officers pursued a matter where a member was denied natural justice and was unfairly dismissed.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
© 2019 Together | Privacy