Private Sector News - April 2017

Posted on April 3, 2017

Welcome to your Union Mail!! 

Today we are re-launching your union’s newsletter dedicated to everything happening in your union. 

Each month your union will send you important information on; 

  1. How you can access your union and how your union can help you in your workplace,
  2. Wins that your Together colleagues have had,
  3. Other important information facing the industries you work in,
  4. Plus some great money saving initiatives/organisations only for union members!!

If you are proud of your workplace and the work you do, encourage your colleagues to join your union!

Don’t forget: use Together MyPage to change or update your membership details. You can keep up-to-date with your union by liking our Facebook page herefollow us on Twitter and on Instagram.

Your assistance at work.

Did you know that as a union member, if you have questions about your workplace entitlements, you can contact the Together professional industrial staff on 1800 177 244 or The Together Member Support team is trained to handle questions you may have regarding entitlements or other workplace matter. The Member Support team is available between 8:30 am - 5:00 pm every work day to talk to you on the phone regarding workplace matters.

Penalty rates are under attack


Employers have convinced the Fair Work Commission to strip back the award safety net of Sunday penalty rates for thousands of Queensland workers in the private sector.

From 1 July employers across key industries will be able to cut the Sunday pay of workers who rely on the award safety net.

Sign up here to protect our Sundays.

We know that if we let employers get away with cutting workers' pay in these industries now, next year employers in other industries will follow their lead.

That is why we need to stop these cuts in their tracks as a union movement.

We will not stand by while they attack workers' rights. We will campaign in our workplaces and our communities and show employers that a strong united union movement can and will fight to stop their attack on our Sundays.

Add your name to support the campaign for Sundays today.

St Vincent members win new agreement!


For the first time ever St Vincent Hospital Allied Health members voted ‘no’ in their employer run EB ballot.

Members demonstrated their resolve to secure a better agreement that addressed classification and wage parity issues through a sticker campaign in their workplace.

This show of collectivism and commitment brought management back to the table, and members now have a serious proposal that reflects that their hard work caring for clients is respected and valued. Members have won:

  • A higher wage offer
  • Improved progression
  • Better role classifications that are more accurately reflective of the work members do
  • A single agreement: all St Vincents Allied Health Staff are now on the one collective agreement, which resolves pay and conditions disparity.

This fantastic outcome is a testament that when members organise and stick together, they can achieve much better outcomes for themselves.  

Congratulations to all St Vincent Hospital Allied Health Members on their excellent win and the certification of your new agreement.

Member benefits: what is Union Shopper?

Union Shopper is a 100% union-owned organisation that provides members and their families with great deals and benefits on a large range of products and services. Union Shopper has been around for over 35 years, so we know what we’re doing!

We know that every dollar counts, and use the united bargaining power of our large membership numbers to secure the best possible savings for members. Importantly, we’re not here to make money off members.

Any profits made by Union Shopper are used to improve the service even further. All for the greater benefit of members! Services include white goods and electrical, travel and holidays, gift cards, insurance and other special offers.

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

1800 177 244