The Queensland Government has responded to pressure from United Voice to address serious safety concerns at a privately run prison by announcing that the facility will be placed in public hands.
For years United Voice has been aware that overcrowding and neglectful management practices by private US contractor GEO have combined to create a dangerous environment for our corrections officer members at the prison where officers often fear for their lives.Read more
42,000 bartenders, chefs and waitstaff in clubs all over Australia have fought hard, joined their union and made their voice heard … and have just had their penalty rates saved!
Greedy bosses group Clubs Australia, backed by Scott Morrison and his big business mates, was aggressively campaigning for a cut in Saturday, Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for workers in RSLs, bowlos and golf clubs.
Long story short – after several years of campaigning and legal hearings the Fair Work Commission totally threw out their arguments … and the 42,000 people’s penalty rates are saved!Read more
Members won. Management threatened to take their win away. Members fought back. Members won again... and got paid to celebrate!
In November 2018, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital catering staff took action against managements ongoing refusal to allow catering staff to elect and be granted TOIL for public holidays.
They were being required to complete numerous application forms for each public holiday and were being regularly denied their entitlements.Read more
Workers at Princes Linen Altona, in Melbourne, voted this weekend to go bargaining in a majority support determination that was supported by over 75% of workers.
The Altona laundry crew are currently on award pay and conditions, earning only $19 an hour or less.
Other Princes Linen workplaces in Melbourne have already negotiated their own agreements with better pay and conditions, above the award.Read more
Massage therapists have won their unfair dismissal case against Canberra Foot and Thai.
Delo Be was brought from the Philippines to Canberra by a man called Colin Elvin.
There she worked twelve-hour days, six days a week, as a massage therapist for Canberra Foot and Thai.Read more
Over 600 team members at Treasury Casino attended United Voice workshops to fight for a job they can count on.
Team members discussed issues such as career progression, job security and being valued at work.
Organisers were overwhelmed at the level of participation and passion shown during the workshops.Read more
As workers - when we stand together, we WIN!
Since September 2017, United Voice members and the Department of Education have been working through a joint review into the Fixed Term Contracts of 2268 Education Assistants, Home Economic Assistants, AIEOs, Cleaners and Gardeners in WA state schools.Read more
United Voice members across Queensland have welcomed moves by the State Government to outlaw wage theft, after it accepted all recommendations from a recent Parliamentary Inquiry.
Among its recommendations, the report called for wage theft to be criminalised and a crackdown on sham contracting, zombie agreements, withholding super and labour hire at both a state and federal level.Read more
Returning from parental leave only to find your employer is inflexible about your new family commitments is the last thing you need.
An Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) in Queensland, who was initially denied a request for a more flexible roster on her return to work, saw no other option but to get her union involved.Read more
A migrant woman working two cleaning jobs in Northern Tasmania called in sick to one of her jobs. Later in the day, she was able to make it to her other job.
Without any formal investigation, the employer decided that her sick leave was not genuine and told the employee to resign.
The employer called, emailed and texted, pressuring her to sign resignation papers.Read more