The pineapples are safe (for now)!

Fantastic news: yesterday Tony Abbott officially walked away from proposed changes to the GST.

Only a few weeks after members of his own party openly came out campaigning for the GST to be extended to fresh fruit and veggies, Tony Abbott was forced to walk away from any changes to the tax without bi-partisan consensus. Given Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he "wouldn’t support widening the GST under any circumstances", it looks like that consensus will be hard to come by.


Union member and Early Childhood Educator, Kylie Grey, and her family protest the Government's rotten tax ideas

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Wilson guards ready to light the fuse

Yesterday, Security leaders from across the state came together to plan how to protect their Safeguard Standard and secure a fair new Agreement. During the meeting, our leaders decided enough was enough and formally endorsed registering for industrial action.

Are you a Wilson guard? Register now for industrial action or read the full update.


Security guards defeat sub-standard agreement

United Voice members at Wilson Security have dealt management a crippling blow after the company tried to force a wage and condition cutting non-union agreement on the workforce. 

Members and delegates across the state intensively organised their co-workers to a deliver whopping 85% no vote when Wilson tried to push the agreement to a ballot. 


Show of strength for CBD cleaners

This year, for the first time ever, office cleaners in Melbourne's CBD took industrial action. Cleaners at Consolidated Property Services overcame the traditional challenges of organising strike action over multiple small sites by coordinating with their co-workers to arrange multi-stage walk off's and job bans which, combined, have forced Consolidated management to listen to their demands.


The truth about ambulance response times exposed

More than 87,000 Victorians waited too long for an emergency ambulance last year, official figures obtained by the paramedics union reveal.

Only 71.6% of emergency calls were reached on time across the state. The government’s benchmark is for all ambulances to reach Code One patients within 15 minutes 85% of the time. Within high density population areas the target is a 15 minute response 90% of the time.


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Paramedics rally for poster girl Louise

However it played out, the last week was going to be a big one for six year paramedic Louise Creasey. In the middle of studying for her final midwifery exams, and with a netball semi-final looming for her team, the Airport Saints, ambulance management summoned Louise to a disciplinary meeting. 


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Paramedics welcome policy to end the crisis

Paramedics today welcomed the long overdue recognition that they had a key role to play in solving the ambulance crisis.

The creation of an Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee, as promised by the State Opposition, would give working paramedics a voice in improving emergency response times and saving lives.



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Ambulance Victoria backs down on campaign warnings

Ambulance Victoria today withdrew warnings issued against paramedics for campaigning while wearing their work uniforms.

In a Federal Court hearing before His Honour Justice Tracey, paramedics agreed in return that they would not wear their uniforms as they campaigned for a fair enterprise agreement.


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Code Red campaign heats up as polling day looms

We’ve come too far to stop now. That is Dave Reinhard’s view now that the Napthine Government has allowed the Code Red campaign to bleed into the state election race.


“We have to campaign against the government now. They have failed to fix this for four years and for more than two years they haven’t settled our pay dispute."

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The woman who came from nowhere

“My heart is a little bit happy now because I am working. I think the work is good. I like it because it changed my life.”

Nyankiir Deng fled Sudan in 1988, setting off on a month-long march into neighbouring Ethiopia. Three years later she was moved into a refugee camp at Kakuma in the remote north west of Kenya, an area bordered by Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda.

Dry, dusty and almost entirely treeless, Kakuma is presently home to more than 100,000 refugees from 13 countries. Nyankiir remained there until 2007. In Swahili, the word ‘Kakuma’ means nowhere.


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