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It’s Time to Ask Your MP to Vote Yes for A Portable Long Service Leave Scheme for the SACSs Industry – Lets Make it A Reality!

As workers in the Social and Community Services Industry , you have a chance to make history and create real change for your Industry!

The Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019, will go before Parliament for its second reading, debate and then vote.

We don’t have much time to get a message to the Members of Parliament asking them to vote YES for the Bill so we need your help.

This is where you have the power to influence the outcome and tell your member of Parliament just how important having access to Portable Long Service Leave would be for you and ask them to vote YES!

Email your MP TODAY via the online email form below.

Select your State Electoral Seat and MP, fill in the details and send the message.

It’s that simple to have your voice heard on this important issue!

Share this message with your colleagues and friends who work in the Social and Community Services Industry.

We need to flood the MPs with the message to Vote YES for this Bill.

PLSL

  • Subject:

    Please support Portable Long Service Leave For Queensland Social and Community Sector Workers.

  • Message:

    Dear Member of Parliament,

    I work in the Social and Community Services Industry.

    As my parliamentary representative, I am writing to ask you to support the Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019.

    This Industry is generally seen as low paid, largely female and sustained by short-term funding arrangements.

    The impact of this for employees is that employment is made up of many short-term appointments, often with multiple employers however, long-term service within the Industry is usual.

    Due to this, it’s all but impossible to achieve enough service with one employer to access Long Service Leave.

    A Portable Long Service Leave Scheme will allow me to access this type of leave from within the Scheme after 7 years.

    This will provide me with an opportunity to plan for a long-term career, giving me access to a block of paid of leave to rest and rejuvenate like other employees in similar occupations.

    I really think this Scheme will make the Industry more attractive to new employees.

    By supporting this Bill, you have an opportunity to make a real change for me and many others who through our work support the most vulnerable people in our communities.

    Please vote YES to this Bill.

 

 

RECENT UPDATES

On 14 February 2020, the Queensland Parliamentary Committee , released its report on the Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019.

There was just one recommendation, that the Bill be passed.

Please find a copy of the full report below.

The Bill will now go to Parliament for it’s second reading, debate and then vote.

Its not too late to get behind the campaign and join

Members you can  support the campaign by:

RESOURCES:

  1. Parliamentary Committee Recommendation – community Services Industry(Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019
  2. TSU Supplementary Submission – Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019
  3. TSU Submission – Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019
  4. Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019
  5. Explanatory Notes – Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019
  6. OIR – Decision RIS – Portable Long Service Leave Scheme for the Social and Community Services Sector Oct 2019
  7. The Services Union submission in support of PLSL 
  8. All public submissions to the Office of Industrial Relations 
  9. PLSL Toolkit
  10. Supporting Campaign Poster
  11. Survey Results
  12. Member Profile – Dom’s Story
  13. Member Profile – Terese’s Story

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  1.  Not So Super, For Women – Superannuation and Women’s Retirement Outcomes, our unions report on the growing inequity for women when it comes to superannuation.
  2. NDIS – our Lets Make It The Best It Can Be campaign.

 History of Our Investing In Quality Community Services Campaign:

The Federal Government needs to re-invest in community services, not just find ‘savings’ in the community sector.

‘Savings’, mean reduced services and staff cuts, leaving vulnerable Australians out in the cold.

This is why our union has established our  Investing in Quality Community Services Campaign.

Members of The Services Union Support:

  • Reinvestment in community services by governments;
  • Ceasing competitive tendering for community services;
  • Not-for-profit organisations as the primary provider of community services;
  • Five-year funding cycles;
  • Women-led services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence;
  • Recognition and protection of specialised services (e.g. Aboriginal, Refugee, Women);
  • A fully funded NDIS that allows for wages and conditions which value workers and ensure quality of service and dignity for people with disabilities;
  • Fair pay and protected portable entitlements for community sector workers;
  • The development and implementation of standards through the ACCDP which can be
    supported legislatively; and
  • A partnership approach between the Government, the sector and its workforce representatives to address the needs and interests of the people they support and the local communities in which they work.

Achievements to date: 

When SACS Members take action we achieve extraordinary things! Through member’s activism and campaigning in the last year we have achieved:

  • A move towards five-year funding cycles
  • Changes to the tender guidelines for existing services
  • Advancements in Women-led services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence
  • Commitment to ensuring not-for-profit organisations are the primary provider of community services
  • Significant funding commitments for reinvestment in Community Services by the Queensland Government

 

 

 

 

 

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