Private Sector Union News: June 2017

Posted on June 2, 2017

Welcome to the June Edition of your Union news!

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

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Union members win better pay.

It's official - Australia's cost of living is now rising faster than Australian workers’ pay. However, as union members, we have the strength to change this trend and secure real wage growth in our workplaces.

For the first time in 3 years, Australian workers are facing negative wage growth. This means the increases in our goods and services are outpacing the increases in our pay. If facing attacks on weekend penalty rates wasn't enough, we're now contending with a pay packet that is not keeping up with our day-to-day expenses.

Being a member of your union means you have the strength in your workplace to put a halt to the attacks on your pay and achieve real growth in your wages and conditions at work.

That is why it is so important to encourage your colleagues to join your union. We are always stronger together.

Make sure you share this email with your colleagues, ask them to join your union and remind them why you are a member of Together.

Mater Admin Members win!

For years, the Mater Hospital has operated two enterprise bargaining agreements for administration staff. One for what they called their private staff and the other for what was perceived to be their public staff. Mater Private Administration staff have received rates of pay and conditions far less than their colleagues under the Mater Public Agreement. 

Together members at the Mater have recently achieved a great outcome. They have secured a minimum pay rise of at least 2.5% for all administration staff at the Mater backdated to 1 September 2016. This new agreement also ensures a transition to a new combined structure that provides some additional pay increases for members under the old Mater Private Agreement, who for years had suffered the inequity of their workplace. Their new agreement is now set to be certified by the Fair Work Commission.

Well done to Mater delegates and members for their tremendous efforts! Mater members initial fears that their conditions would be cut to the lowest common denominator have not come to pass because of the unity and strength they displayed. 

Congratulations Mater Administration Members!

Help at work

Thankfully most workers will go their whole careers without requiring industrial advice or assistance. But if you do, it’s important to know that there is someone you can contact.

The dedicated industrial staff at Together are available between 8:30am and 5:00pm on weekdays by calling 1800 177 244.

When you call, you will speak directly with a professional who can advise you on:

  • Rights and entitlements;
  • Discipline;
  • Workplace injuries;
  • Performance monitoring; and
  • Other workplace matters.

We use phone and email to make sure we can provide you with assistance as efficiently and effectively as possible. We try our best to assist you on the phone at the first call or return email.

Before you call it is helpful to have your union membership number and any relevant documents with you to assist us in providing you with accurate advice as quickly as possible.

For ongoing assistance you will need to complete and return a copy of the Industrial Assistance Form, available on the Together website here.

Only financial Together members are eligible to be provided with industrial assistance. Industrial advice and assistance may only be provided in respect to matters that post-date the start of financial membership.

ME Bank - Banking & Home Loans

ME Bank is a 100% Australian owned, APRA regulated bank. It was established by industry super funds - the same people who brought you low cost, no commission super.

One of the many advantages of being a Together member is being able to access simple, low-cost and flexible home loans with ME Bank. With a range of home loan options available, members can receive a competitive interest rate and personalised service from a local Mobile Banking Manager who will come to you to discuss your requirements at a time and place that’s convenient.

ME Bank was created for one reason – to offer members a genuine banking alternative with better value banking and real service. From the beginning ME Bank has been about banking that’s simple, low cost, fair and transparent.

For more information visit or call 13 15 63.

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.

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