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The 2018/19 Year In Review – The Services Union

General September 2, 2019

In the 2018/19 Financial Year, The Services Union has worked hard to deliver on the promises we made to members. We have focused on creating a member centred, high servicing union which provides tangible benefits to members.  We have mapped out our member journey life cycle and geared our key campaigns towards achieving our strategic objectives.

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This year our members were able to connect with our communities to Change The Rules to protect and enhance our employment rights and gain shared support across the union.  The purpose of this campaign lives on despite the re-election of the Morrison Government.  We will work alongside national unions to sharpen up the focus on the rules that need changing.  Ensuring that the industrial relations system is fair is not a set and forget objective.  It is something that will always be significant item on our agenda into the future.

Locally, our bargaining in many of our Industries has continued to deliver wage outcomes which have maintained the real value of our members’ wages. This is no small achievement in a slowing economy. Our continued focus on job security has also resulted in enhanced measures to safeguard our members’ jobs during what is becoming a prolonged economic flat spot.

Portable Long Service Leave (PLSL) for our members in the Social and Community Services (SACS) Industry is moving closer to fruition. The Services Union is represented on a Taskforce established by the Queensland Government that has been working on the design of the Scheme and the draft timetable has us on track for a 2020 start. Under this Scheme, employees in SACS will be able to bank service towards PLSL even though they have changed jobs within the Industry.

None of these things landed in our laps. Our members had to get out there and campaign to gain these benefits or to retain them. The commitment of members and the soundness of our arguments continues to win through.

Finally, our industrial staff recovered over $1,000,000 for our members in the last 12 months. This information as well as the broad range of work undertaken for our thousands of members in every industry, we cover can be found in detail in our 2018-19 Annual Report which you can find by clicking here.

 

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