Acting Secretary's Message - September

Monday 25th September 2017

We've had some great wins in the past month in a number of important areas for members. 

State and Local Government Awards
On 1st September, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission brought down a decision in the State Wage Case 2017 to increase Awards by 3.3% - the biggest in a decade. Your Union has fought and won better pay for workers under the State and Local Government Award. 

Labour Hire Licensing Scheme
The Queensland Government has introduced a new licensing scheme to crack down on dodgy labour hire companies. We’ve been pushing for greater regulation of the labour hire industry to tackle dodgy operators who are exploiting their workers. The AWU welcomes the introduction of a licensing scheme to crack down on the rorting. Like and share our Facebook post
To meet the licensing requirements labour hire companies will need to:-
  • pass a fit-and-proper person test;
  • comply with workplace laws, including workers’ compensation, wages and superannuation;
  • pay a license fee; and
  • report regularly on their operations.
Workplace Health and Safety Review
Union welcomes moves by the Queensland Government to strengthen laws and operational practices following the release of the Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. The AWU has fought long and hard for greater transparency when it comes to safety at theme parks and welcome the new provisions that are recommended to tackle these issues.

We support best practice when it comes to safety. In our view, it’s through best practice this industry can grow and thrive. Through a genuine commitment to comply with these new regulations, employers can restore their reputation in this area. As a Union, we will continue to push hard to ensure management at theme parks are held to account and comply with the new legislation and regulations for the safety of worker and visitors.

Disability Support Queensland
During a recent meeting with the Minister for Disability Services and Senior Departmental Officers, your Union secured agreement for AWU members who meet the criteria for temporary conversion will be converted to permanent positions. We're encouraging AWU members in DSQ to contact your local Union Organiser to determine whether you are eligible to apply, or for assistance with your application.

And finally, the fight's not over for a fair go for our members at Gold Coast and Brisbane City Council in their new workplace agreements. We'll continue to push for more secure jobs and fair pay and conditions for our members. 

In Unity

Steve Baker
Acting Secretary, AWU Queensland