Meet the Casino Union EA2019 Bargaining Team!
(L-R Back: Jerry Gurech, Ivona Petkovska, Dave Wilks, Tarryn Brandon-Cremer, Mitchell Round, Brian Pietsch, Chris Ball, Roman Skournik, Benny Chan, Corey Simpson, Chris Paraskavas, Matt Poynter, Faith Villagrasa. L-R Front: Wilfredo Ingles, Rav Bedi, Geoff Phipps, Xaviah Smolak, Sue Szalay, Praveen Chandola, Benny Fong, Onur Sahin. Not pictured: Maria Butler, David Durosomo)
Spanning all departments at Crown, and a mix of both full time and part time, this is one strong and diverse team who are geared up and ready to fight for a better EA!
On Thursday February 21 they came together as a group for the first time to talk about the plan to win. They reviewed the list of claims that casino leaders and delegates put together based on bargaining survey results.
So why have these 24 proud union members put themselves forward to represent workers at Crown? We think Table Games Dealer Sue Szalay summed it up pretty well:
The fight has only just begun, but we can be sure this team won't rest until they win jobs you can count on at Crown!
Do you work at Crown Melbourne? Be part of the team and join your Casino Union today!
In 2018, United Voice members lead the charge to reform the School Cleaning industry in Victoria. Our report found that 80.54% of School Cleaners had been underpaid on average $3100 per year. That means cleaners in this industry were missing out on MILLIONS in unpaid entitlements.
One example of those who were ripped-off are cleaners - and husband and wife - Hector and Rosa who were underpaid for almost 10 years while they worked at the Parkwood Green Primary School in Victoria.
When the reforms came in and they got new employers, it became apparent that their old rate was incorrect.
Luckily they were members of their School Cleaning Union and they fought to be paid back what they were owed!
Hector and Rosa won back over $45,000 in unpaid wages and super. This story is a familiar one to many in the School Cleaning union who not only have been able to reclaim thousands from wage theft but are also had an increased in their wage of up to $10 an hour. Some school cleaners were receiving as little as $12.5 an hour!
The Victorian Government's reforms meant that in, metropolitan Melbourne, 1750 different school cleaning contracts were simplified to just 8 contract zones covering different sections of Melbourne.
The new systems hasn't been perfect and we've had to pressure the Victorian government into fixing the problems which has seen them punishing some contractors for not giving cleaners enough hours. But the new system means we can enforce accountability and we've already seen many who have benefited from the changes. Union members will continue to improve the system to build a fairer and more sustainable school cleaning industry.
But we can only do it by being united as a union! As Hector said "We are union because the union fights for the workers rights, we will always fight for the workers rights."