2021: A new year but same old attacks
Jan19

2021: A new year but same old attacks

Happy New Year! We start 2021 not with widespread devastating bushfires, thankfully, but instead we have the Morrison Government still on the attack over workers’ rights by continuing to pursue its latest industrial relations bill. The Bill fails the Government’s own test that workers won’t be worse off because these changes will leave workers worse off, deliberately. Ensuring workers weren’t going to be worse off because of any...

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Holiday Close Down Period
Dec18

Holiday Close Down Period

2020 has certainly felt like it was seemingly unrelentless, which is probably why this year’s summer holidays feel like they’re even more deserved than ever before. On behalf of the Union and our staff I want to send our thanks to you, our members and supporters. Without you we could not be able to achieve what we achieve; and we hope you enjoy a well-deserved holiday after the sort of year we have had. If you’re working over the...

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Morrison Government turns on workers at Christmas
Dec14

Morrison Government turns on workers at Christmas

As the festive season is upon us and the national parliament wraps up for 2020, the Morrison Government decided it was the perfect time to attack workers’ rights by introducing its latest industrial relations bill. If they were honest about their intentions and the reasons why they are proposing to severely undercut workers’ rights and pay, they would’ve announced these changes earlier in the year or even in the new year but instead...

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Gearing up for protected industrial action
Dec07

Gearing up for protected industrial action

Since August the Union has been in negotiations with your employers for a new enterprise agreement. After many meetings your employer still hasn’t made any significant offers to our claims. Not a single wage offer, or offer to review key allowances, nor any offers on key conditions of employment claims. Apart from wage increases, the claims we developed together are designed to address key concerns of members, such as career...

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Victorian State Budget good for Health?
Nov27

Victorian State Budget good for Health?

You’ll have undoubtedly seen a lot of coverage in recent days of the Victorian State Budget and the usual articles about the so-called “winners and losers”. The state Budget in many ways represents a bold effort to ensure that Victoria’s economy can recover as quickly as possible as the state works towards being COVID safe. There are clear indications that the Victorian Government will be pursuing a range of infrastructure measures...

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Employers want Pharmacists to be shift workers
Nov23

Employers want Pharmacists to be shift workers

The Union is actively negotiating with Public Sector employers and their representatives for a new agreement. As part of the negotiations, employers have put forward claims to remove existing restrictions on Pharmacists’ rosters and make them shift workers. We are currently surveying pharmacists about this claim and so far, we have had a huge response, with a large number of Pharmacists responding. While it is too soon to discuss the...

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