Up, Up and EBA

Congrats to all involvedSecurity guards at Canberra airport need jobs they can count on.

When the time came to negotiate a new enterprise agreement, union members got organised.

A job you can count on is one that pays the bills, gives you time with your loved ones, and allows you to plan ahead.

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Airport Cleaners Win Back Toilet Allowance

Winning what you're owedTwo thirds of the cleaning staff at Gold Coast Airport have re-secured their toilet cleaning allowance after it mysteriously dried up.

These United Voice members were initially promised that “nothing would change” when a new employer recently took over the contract, but were dismayed to discover they were no longer receiving their toilet cleaning allowance.

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"Can't Let The Cowboys Win"

"Can't let the cowboys win"Neil worked 4 trial shifts as a cleaner in Hobart and was not paid for them.

But in the words of Neil himself, “You can’t let the cowboys win.”

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Cleaners show strength and have their voice heard

A high point for union solidarityA Job You Can Count On is one where you know when you’ll work. It’s also one where you get a bit of notice and a genuine say if that looks like changing.

Cleaners at Melbourne’s Highpoint Shopping Centre recently had their roster changed with no notice.

In a show of strength, cleaning union members from Highpoint turned up on mass for a meeting with management.

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Long Service Leave Win in Rocky

Rocky Seccos Win LSLWhen the security contract at Rockhampton Airport recently changed hands the old contractor wasn’t keen on honouring the long service provisions of two security guards who’d worked for the company continuously for seven years.

But the security guards weren't having that...

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Security Guards Stand Tall

Security Guards Standing TogetherThe bosses keep putting up an unfair deal.... by standing together these security guards keep knocking it down. 

Last week Wilson Security put their unfair agreement to their employees.

In response, these Victorian-based guards voted down the agreement, sending a clear message to Wilson that they have to do better.

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More job security for Teacher Aides

Secure jobsAt a recent visit to Brisbane’s Bayside State College, United Voice delegates and officers heard from members about the importance of having secure, stable hours and permanent work.

One member had been living from contract to contract for the past four years, unable to plan for her future or have any certainty about her hours or pay.

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Tallebudgera Teacher Aides win secure hours

Teacher aides at Tallebudgera State School on the Gold Coast have never been able to secure more than 26 hours per week of work. 

When new hours recently became available, they were told the school would hire new teacher aides instead of offering them the additional hours.

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Sweet Deal for Arnott's Workers

A win at the bikkie factoryArnott’s factory workers have voted in favour of a new enterprise agreement which will secure their existing conditions and add new benefits.

Throughout the three-year term of the agreement, all workers will receive reasonable pay increases, which means their wage will keep up with the cost of living.

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Who you gonna call? YOUR DELEGATE

Delegate helps worker with a job she can count on

When workers negotiate together in their union, they make a huge push toward securing a job they can count on.

Agreements can, however, be tricky to interpret.

Queensland’s ambulance officers recently won a huge pay increase that saw them achieve pay parity with colleagues in other states as part of their new enterprise agreement.

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DEMANDING action on Educator pay

Fund professional pay NOWEarly childhood educators like Sara in Rockhampton have been hitting the streets for the past two weeks, talking to voters in the Capricornia electorate about their fight for equal pay.

Members of the community have been shocked to learn that despite being qualified professionals, most early educators earn just half the national average wage.

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A win two years in the making

$7,000!!!!!!After two years of being on the incorrect pay increment, a personal care assistant has won their fight for two years’ worth of back pay.

The United Voice NT member, on realising the inconsistency with their level and value of work, took on their employer.

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A win in The People's House

A win in the people's house

When a new cleaning company took over the contract at Parliament House, the workers were told to sign documents that they did not understand.

They were also asked to provide the company with their passport numbers – but not their tax file numbers or super details.

As members of their union, the cleaners knew this wasn’t right and they weren’t going to stand for it.

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A win for respectWhen you speak with a united voice – you can win the things that matter.

Recently, Indigenous Home Care Workers in NSW stood together to win a paid day off during NAIDOC week.

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Here's to a great result!

CHEERS TO WINNINGUnited you bargain. Divided you beg.

Never has this proved truer than at the Coopers Brewery in South Australia, where United Voice members have just won big wage increases and improvements in conditions in their latest Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

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Building Power Within Education

Building Power to WINOver the past month, 14 United Voice Queensland school cleaners and teacher aides have taken time out from their roles to work full-time with the union.

They’ve done a fantastic job visiting schools across the state, talking with their colleagues and fellow members about the main priorities for upcoming collective bargaining. 

As a result of these conversations, about 800 new members from the education sector have joined the United Voice family!

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FWC says "yeah, nah - you owe these guys $13,000"

$13,000 back pay!Security officers who were First Aid qualified were not receiving their allowance.

The First Aid Allowance recognises the valuable role these officers play in making their workplaces safer.

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Long Service Leave Win

Long service leave winAcross Australia wage theft is rife.

But as a member of United Voice, a Tasmanian cleaner knew when their entitlements were being denied.

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$10,000 in back pay

Stamping out wage theftSecurity officers in the Apple Isle have won their fight against wage theft.

These Tasmanians weren't letting blatant underpayment go unchecked - and together they did something about it.

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Cleaning Chemicals Concern Canberra Cleaners

Cleaning chemicals an be HEAPS dangerousCleaners are routinely exposed to dangerous chemicals in their work. Some can cause skin damage or are even carcinogenic.

Recently – a bunch of cleaners in the ACT reported to their Union that they had concerns about what was being used in their workplace.

And it’s lucky they did exercise that right as union members.

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