Cleaners declare toilets off limits in city office buildings

Bans on cleaning toilets head the list of industrial actions planned for some of Melbourne’s best known office buildings.

City office workers also face the possibility of toilet paper not being replaced, liquid soaps not replenished in bathrooms, and bans on emptying rubbish bins and vacuuming.


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Strong, united and determined to win

Strong, united and determined to win is how paramedics confronted the state government today.

More than 500 paramedics vowed by unanimous vote to maintain their fight for wage justice and an ambulance service that works for Victorians.


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Ambo speaks out on misrepresentation by Health Minister

Bendigo paramedic and prominent Code Red campaigner Brett Adie spoke for his fellow members this week when he told his local paper, the Bendigo Advertiser that the government was preventing a settlement to the ambulance crisis.

The problem is not so much the money, but the strings attached, he said.


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Cleaner, student, activist, and proud United Voice member: Lina Martinez is profiled in The Age

This week, cleaning union leader Lina Martinez, who lives in Melbourne, was featured in The Age.

Lina is a biomedicine student who has become an outspoken activist, demanding fair wages and good conditions for cleaners across the CBD and beyond.


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United we win – Crown members reclaim their title as Australia's best-paid casino staff

All last week, Crown Casino staff were celebrating their successful fight for a new union agreement, as their latest pay rises kicked in.

The campaign, which you might remember from last year’s updates, featured the biggest ever mass meetings seen at Crown, a photo-petition on Facebook in which hundreds of staff demanded management take their rights seriously, and a classic letter writing push straight to the top. 


Delegates from Crown celebrate at the United Voice offices.

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Productivity Commission’s draft report on childcare focuses on affordability, not quality

Released this morning, the Commission’s report has wide-ranging recommendations which, if implemented, would have profound impacts on the quality of early childhood education and care nationwide.

David O’ Byrne, Acting National Secretary (pictured below), said: "United Voice has examined the report on the basis of what is in children’s best interest. We welcome the recommendation that the National Quality Framework (NQF) be a prerequisite of all government funding.

"However, several key recommendations to undermine NQF standards would weaken the sector’s ability to provide the high quality education and care essential to meet children’s developmental needs."


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Government pay offer will trigger exodus

Paramedics will quit in droves if the State Government succeeds in its plan to force ambos to move anywhere in the state for up to a month at a time, says Steve McGhie, AEA state secretary.


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Health Ministers told to get serious about Paramedic registration

Steve_McGhie.jpgThe need to know how to properly use complex medical technology while making life-or-death decisions about patient care make a national registration system for paramedics essential.

Ambulance Employees Association of Victoria secretary Steve McGhie says patient safety and the need for access to high standard care anywhere in Australia demands a recognised national standard for paramedics. There is now no nationally consistent standard for assessing paramedics’ qualifications, either from interstate or overseas, and no national standard for safe care in practice. There is not even agreement on who can call themselves a paramedic, says McGhie, pictured.

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Paramedics Offer Insurance Against Napthine Government Ambulance Response Times

Paramedics in Melbourne and regional centres today instructed members of the public on how to carry out life saving CPR amid an ambulance crisis in which waiting times continue to fail the State Government's own guidelines.

Hundreds of people took the opportunity of expert instruction from the highest trained paramedics in the country. Sunbury paramedic Olga Bartasek (pictured) was among those who shared their skills.


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Landmark Win for International Cleaners' Day

City cleaners are claiming a landmark victory in their campaign to eliminate bullying and wage theft with one of Australia’s biggest cleaning companies agreeing to stop using dodgy subcontractors who underpay international students.

More than 200 cleaners are today voting on a deal struck with the Glad Group which delivers real pay rises, job security and hope of an end to Melbourne’s history of exploitative working conditions affecting international students.


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