United Voice is an organisation of over 120,000 Australian workers, united by our belief in the dignity of workers and the right to fair and just treatment at work. We are an active union, and we are passionate about organising to win.
New Campaign Campaigns
Ask Capalaba Sports Club to pay its workers penalty ratesUp until a few months ago, I was employed at the Capalaba Sports Club. I received a call one day asking me to attend a meeting, where I was told workers at our site were being pushed onto a new agreement. By signing it, we were effectively giving them permission not to pay us penalty rates. If we didn't sign it, we were told we would no longer have a job. Losing my penalty rates would have cost me almost $5,000 a year and I couldn't afford to take that hit while working the same hours. I refused to sign the agreement. I lost my job. Many other workers at the Capalaba Sports Club relied on penalty rates to make ends meet and I know this has been a tough time for them financially. Capalaba Sports Club, by removing your workers' penalty rates, you've effectively slashed their take home pay and made it harder for them to put food on the table. For an organisation that's supposed to give back to the community, your actions are underhand and unfair.4,904 of 5,000 SignaturesCreated by Samarah Wilson
End Sexual Abuse of International Students at Brisbane AirportI came to Australia in March on a student visa, and while studying here, I decided to take a job as a contract cleaner at Brisbane Airport. While working at the airport, I witnessed my employer harass and abuse several of my female colleagues. Until now, everyone was too afraid to speak out. That all changed last week, when five brave women came forward to alert authorities of harassment and sexual abuse they experienced at Brisbane Airport. These women are international students who say their employer forced himself on them in locked rooms, and threatened them with deportation if they resisted. He offered them rides home, then drove into dark alleys with an expectation of sexual favours. And in case there was any confusion about his intent, they say he openly and unapologetically fired any woman who resisted him. Right now, these women are scared of being kicked out of Australia for speaking out -- the very thing they were threatened with by their accused abuser. No one should be punished for alerting police of illegal abuse. As the contractor's employer, BAC needs to speak out in support of these workers remaining in Australia. All the women I work with know what this guy is like, and while he has never done anything to me, I was warned about him when I started working at the airport. I've seen so many young people come here to study, and many have taken on work with airport contractors to cover basic expenses. Some of these contractors are fair-minded, lawful businesses. But too many contractors rely on shadowy business practices to keep costs low. It's in this environment that sexual harassment has been allowed to thrive. The Brisbane Airport cleaning contractor accused of sexually abusing these women should be fired, and if found guilty, jailed. But it's also important that we prevent this from ever happening again. I don't want Brisbane Airport to ever again be the scene of exploitation and abuse. BAC should take steps to ensure that all airport workers are protected from potential exploitation. If enough airport employees, customers and members of the public speak out, Julieanne Alroe will listen. Please add your name and share with others. Together, we can repair the damage that's been done, and make Brisbane Airport a safer workplace for all its workers.2,842 of 3,000 SignaturesCreated by Carolina R.
Give Scott his job backXXXX sacked one of our coworkers unfairly. We’ve been trying to convince them to reinstate Scotty, we even went on strike. Now we’re calling on XXXX drinkers all over Queensland to help us out. Scott has worked as a fitter for Lion Nathan (owners of XXXX) for 15 years. In October he was injured at work when some pallets fell. We don’t believe it was Scott’s fault but XXXX sacked him. Scott has two daughters - they're five and seven. Now he's facing Christmas without work. If we all work together - XXXX drinkers, XXXX workers and supporters - we can get Scott his job back.4 of 100 SignaturesCreated by XXXX Workers