Private Sector News - July 2017

Posted on June 29, 2017

Welcome to the July Edition of your Union news!

Last month, union members won a 3.3% increase in the minimum and award wages at the Fair Work Commission! If you are proud of your workplace and the work you do, encourage your colleagues to join your union!

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Members work to keep Tatts Group jobs in Queensland

The Australian Competition Tribunal has declared the merger approved between the Tatts Group (Ubet, Golden Casket, Max Gaming and Distribution) and Tabcorp who are mainly based in Victoria and New South Wales. This means that negotiations can now commence in full regarding the location of headquarters, call centres, help desk, technical support staff and the many other areas of both businesses where Together member work.

There are significant issues regarding protecting Queensland jobs and delegates met with the Hon. Grace Grace Minister for Racing and Employment, to put forward our concerns and to hear what the government’s plans are to protect an industry that employs hundreds of Queenslanders.


Minister Grace appreciated hearing the evidence of delegates and understood that there is a long and vibrant history of union at Tatts Group dedicated to the preservation of historical protections for workers post the original sale by the state government of the TAB. Minister Grace was very clear in her and the government’s support for the retention and protection of jobs in Queensland and for the ongoing growth and development of the business beyond what currently exists. 

There is much work still to be done. Tatts Group delegates were pleased to hear the Minister and the state government are committed to continue to work with the companies and union members to deliver jobs for Queensland.

Health Professional Indemnity Insurance

Did you know that Together members working as health professionals are increasingly vulnerable to legal risk for the health care services that they deliver?

Together members working as health professionals in relevant private & public sector areas receive insurance coverage under a group policy that provides Malpractice Liability and Legal Benefits Insurance cover.

Through pooling resources via a membership levy, Together members can access these benefits at a fraction of the cost to an individual seeking similar insurance coverage.

You can read more about this Professional Indemnity Insurance on this flyer - Health Professional Indemnity Insurance

Win for Workers on award wages!

While many workers have the opportunity to improve their wages & conditions through an enterprise bargaining agreement at their workplace; there are still a number of workers in the private sector that rely on the award (base level) for their wages and conditions (an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement sits above an award and must be better than the award). 

From 1 July, workers who rely on the award pay will receive an extra 3.3% in their pay after the Fair Work Commission completed their annual wage review. Click here to get the latest information about the decision.

This is the highest increase awarded to workers by the Fair Work Commission in over 5 years. It would not have been possible without union members like you.

There is still work that needs to be done to ensure that we are all getting a fair share of growth in our economy and no worker is living in poverty.

Without a strong union campaign calling for better pay, it wouldn’t have been possible to win a 3.3% increase. Only workers in their unions are powerful enough to win better pay and better communities.

Union Shopper Mortgage Planners 

With access to over 20 lenders and hundreds of products, Union Shopper Mortgage Planners take the stress and confusion out of finding the right home loan. Members’ interests are our priority; our experience and knowledge means we can tailor a mortgage solution to your specific circumstances and needs.  

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Book some time to speak with your organiser.

Your team at your union office is always available to discuss issues affecting you and your colleagues and now we have made it easier for you to get in touch. Here are three ways to contact an organiser: 

  1. Click here to Book a call from your organiser –
  2. Send us an email
  3. Or give your union office a call on 1800 177 244

Members right across the state have a team of dedicated Organisers and Industrial Officers here to guide and support you.

Being a Together member is a great way to target issues that are affecting you and your colleagues, and work towards a resolution in a timely way. If there are things in your workplace you and your colleagues would like to see changed or improved, please contact your organisers so we can discuss the steps that need to be taken to achieve this.

If you have questions about your workplace, you can contact our professional industrial staff on 1800 177 244 or for advice on your entitlements and other workplace matters.

In union,
Your Together Private Sector team

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