Union News: February 2020

Posted on February 25, 2020

Welcome to your Together February update.

While there are some agreements still outstanding (including in Corrections, TAFE, QBuild, Protective Services, CITEC and others), most of Queensland's public servants ended up settling agreements with the government in 2019 and early in 2020.

This means that everyone at AO8/ HP5 equivalent and below and who works in the below agencies is entitled to the $1250 one-off payment. The following dates are confirmed:

Department of Education (excluding OIR): 26 February
OIR: 25 March
All Core Agencies: 25 March
CSYW and YJ (including Youth Detention): 25 March
RTA: 11 March
TAFE Educators: 27 March
TMR: 25 March for salaried staff, 2 April for wages staff

We do not have a confirmed date for the payment of the $1250 for Queensland Health staff. We are continuing to raise this with government -  you can use this text to email the Health Minister to ask him to deliver the payment.

Those at SO classification are also approved to receive a 2.5% pay increase via Directive. We are engaging with the Public Service Commission (PSC) on this topic.

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Custodial Corrections

Members who work in Corrective Services are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the 12/12 dispute, which is about pay rates. This will then determine if a deal can be negotiated with the Department or if we are proceeding to arbitrate your full agreement in 2020.

We are also continuing to lobby government regarding the legislation governing the treatment of prison officers at work. Read the latest Custodial Corrections member update here.

Union political survey results

Towards the end of 2019 we conducted a survey of members about politics - both values and issues. The results are here, and they show Together members have strong and shared views across the state.

Queensland Health members win: Record management insourced

Minister Steven Miles recently wrote to our union, following Together members having asked the Minister to intervene and ensure Metro North Hospital and Health Service acted to insource the storage, retrieval and destruction of confidential information. This has been circulated to other executives so they can also consider the value of insourcing this work. This was a great outcome. You can see the letter from the Minister here.

Mater members vote NO to an unfair offer

Over the past 9 months Mater HPs have built a stronger union, taken industrial action, and most importantly engaged their colleagues about standing together to protect their pay and conditions at work.

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ASU Career Launchpad

The ASU Career Launchpad is back for another year!

We have an action packed program for you this year, kicking off with two exciting new courses.

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Public sector reform

I am continuing to regularly meet with the Public Sector Reform Office and work with senior government officials about the opportunity for positive legislative reform in 2020 to see better processes for recruitment and selection, real job security and better discipline and performance processes to name a few. I look forward to providing more news on this in due course.

Pat Cousar Bursary - Closing 28 February

Applications for the Together Bursary Scheme close on the 28th of this month! If you are a financial member with a dependent who is in year 11, year 12 or equivalent in 2020, we encourage you to apply. Winners of the bursary will receive $300 towards school expenses. You can learn more about this initiative here.

Vale Deb Pearson

It is with great sadness that I inform you that our colleague, comrade and friend Deb Pearson recently passed away. Deb was the Lead Organiser of the Together North Team and the Cairns Organiser for Together. Deb was a union official for nearly two decades with the QPSU, TWU and Together.

It is a terrible shock to lose Deb like this. We mourn her passing and we celebrate her incredible legacy of your strength and purpose in Far North Queensland.

Click here to read our tribute to Deb Pearson.

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