Blue Care wrote to United Voice last week informing them of their intentions to contract out laundry services for all residential linen services. Blue Care's letter to United Voice is accessible here. Our letter in response to BlueCare is accessible here.
Debra Kersten, Lifestyle Assistant and United Voice Delegate, told us a bit about what makes her tick at the recent Aged Care Delegates Conference. What attracted you to working in the aged care sector? I was a creative artist with my partner for nearly 23 years. Unfortunately after the 1990s recession, it became obvious I had to choose other work to keep the family going. I love people, interacting with them, caring, nurturing – aged care was an obvious choice. What do you enjoy the most about your work? Seeing community and friendships grow, having fun, sharing, these are the things which are important in community care. Continue reading
Around 40 aged care delegates gathered for a two-day conference in South Brisbane this week, discussing a range of important issues in the sector. Conference sessions covered specific workplace issues, bargaining advice, changes in funding for the sector and more. Some recurring themes were raised by delegates including concern over the the increasing corporatisation of the industry, and how to effectively meet the needs of the elderly with ever-tighter budgets and constraints from management teams. However, overall the two-days were a positive experience with many new friendships made, ideas shared and delegates leaving with a better sense of what can be achieved when they’re active in the union. Continue reading
The Federal Budget had some unexpected announcements for the aged care sector, the most significant of which was a $40million cut to the Aged Care Workforce Development Fund. It’s an unexpected and unwelcome move that will make it even harder to find and retain staff in the aged care sector which, as you know, is already struggling to find enough workers. Continue reading
Rain didn't deter thousands of Queenslanders from turning out to state-wide Labour Day celebrations. Despite record-rain in various parts of the State on Friday, most Labour Day celebrations went ahead as planned across most regional centres and in Brisbane. United Voice Aged Car members came out in force to cheer their union, chant and show that they are proud to be union members. In Brisbane, United Voice even took out the Best Contingent Trophy (joint winners with the ETU) for gettting into the swing of things. Thanks to all members who came along over the weekend to celebrate Labour Day, we look forward to doing it all again in 2016.
The RSL Enterprise Agreement expires on 1 September 2015 and United Voice will be at the bargaining table. Successful bargaining needs delegates who are willing to stand on behalf of their co-workers. Your union is calling for active RSL members who are interested in joining the negotiating team. Training will be provided. If you’re interested, please contact your organiser. Continue reading
In a display of the value of working together, members at Carinity have achieved a substantial wage increase following months of negotiations with their employer. The delegates at the table worked exceptionally hard to negotiate on behalf of their co-workers, and it’s thanks to them this outcome has been achieved. Continue reading