Carolyn, Author at United Workers Union
April 1, 2021

Rally at McCormick strike puts future of food manufacturing jobs under spotlight

MEDIA ALERT WHEN: TODAY 1pm Thursday 1 April 2021 WHERE: McCormick Foods, Cnr Fairbank Rd and Brady Ave, Clayton South WHAT:  Shadow Education Minister and Shadow Minister for Women Tanya Plibersek, ACTU President Michele O’Neil and Victorian Trades Hall Secretary Luke Hilakari visit McCormick workers after five weeks on strike. McCormick workers make the sauces for every major fast food chain including KFC, McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, Subway, Nandos, Oporto and Red Rooster. Workers haven’t had a pay rise since 2016 and have just voted no to an offer from McCormick that would cut their conditions. These McCormick workers who are leading the fight for respect for essential food workers are today joined by the wider Victorian community. VISUALS: Attendees will march in front of the building where the brands are displayed and decorate the fence of McCormick’s factory with easter eggs containing messages in support of the workers. WHO: Shadow […]
March 5, 2021


Quotes Attributable to Dario Mujkic, Director of Casinos, United Workers Union “Crown’s decision today to cease indoor smoking at its casinos by the end of next year is the right decision and is welcomed by the Union. “United Workers Union has been in discussions with Crown about ceasing indoor smoking for some time. Indoor smoking is a hazard and should not be tolerated in any workplace. It’s dangerous, damaging to the health of everyone in the vicinity and can kill. “Well done to the many United Workers Union members and WHS Representatives who have been fighting for this for a very long time. We will continue to engage with Crown around how this transition will be implemented. “In the meantime, the temporary but ongoing smoking ban at Crown Melbourne must continue.”   ENDS Media Contact: 1300 898 633, [email protected]
March 4, 2021


WHEN: TODAY 12 pm Thursday 4 March 2021 WHERE: McCormick Foods, Cnr Fairbank Rd and Brady Ave, Clayton South WHAT: ACTU Secretary Sally McManus and Senator for Victoria Jess Walsh visit McCormick workers on day seven of their indefinite industrial action. Sauce and spice maker McCormick workers have gone five years with no wage increase and are currently being offered zero per cent with cuts to their conditions. These McCormick workers leading the fight for respect for essential food workers are today joined by the wider Victorian community. WHO: Sally McManus will be speaking on the damaging impacts of wage stagnation in Australia and Jess Walsh will call on McCormick to sit down and make a fair offer. Attributable to Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary: “Workers from McCormick have worked tirelessly throughout the trying conditions of the pandemic to make sure supermarkets were stocked, and Australians were fed. No wage increase […]
November 28, 2020


MEDIA ALERT WHEN: 12 pm TODAY Saturday 28 November, 2020 WHERE: Coles Tooronga Village – 766 Toorak Road, Glen Iris, VIC. This is Coles’ flagship store and is co-located with their head office. WHAT: As the United Workers Union’s boycott on Coles grows, 50 workers will stage a protest at Coles’ head office in Tooronga, Melbourne. They will be advising customers of Coles’ decision to lock out workers for three months at their Smeaton Grange warehouse in New South Wales, rather than negotiate transfer rights, improved redundancies and rights for casuals in the face of a looming site closure and automation.  WHO: United Workers Union Director of Logistics Matt Toner will be on site for comment and there will be speeches by workers who are exploited by Coles in their supply chain.    Further information:
November 25, 2020


Stood down security officers at Launceston Airport have been told they will only be reinstated after paying for their own COVID-19 tests. The security officers were stood down several months ago, and with the reduction in JobKeeper, have been struggling to make ends meet. Yet their employer ISS Facility Services is mandating they present a negative COVID-19 test before they return to work, despite the fact the state government is no longer covering the expense for asymptomatic persons. “This is just ridiculous. These essential workers want nothing more than to get back to work, yet ISS is just making it harder,” said Damien Davie, United Workers Union spokesperson for Property Services. “Anyone who goes for a test and doesn’t have symptoms now must pay $200 out of their own pocket. This is because it is highly unlikely that Tasmanians will have contracted it in the community and the Government no […]
November 25, 2020


A shaky SA Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been revealed by a survey of a broad cross-section of South Australian public sector health, aged care and disability support workers. In findings of a survey conducted earlier this year, hundreds of public sector workers raised serious concerns about the COVID-19 response including: Cuts to hours in aged care facilities at the height of COVID-19 leaving social and emotional needs of aged care residents unmet. More than half of workers reporting workload increases – with short staffing seen as the major contributor. Respondents repeatedly cited confusion, lack of direction and a lack of communication as a hallmark of the state’s COVID-19 response. “The fact hours were cut in aged care facilities means at the very least care standards were threatened in the COVID-19 response,” SA public sector co-ordinator Paul Blackmore said today. “This survey shows the health and disability systems […]
November 25, 2020

Palaszczuk Government must cough up ambulance funding in state budget

Queensland’s paramedics are calling on the newly sworn-in Palaszczuk Government to put their money where their mouth is and deliver on election commitments for more ambulance resources in the state budget next week. United Workers Union ambulance member Rachelle Owen said the Labor Government had made a lot of promises during the election campaign, but now was the time to put words into action. “As ambulance officers, we’ve been on the frontline through COVID-19, working around the clock to keep our communities safe and healthy across the state,” she said. “We need to make sure we have proper resources and funding so we can continue to keep up with the growing demand for our essential services. “During the election, we heard a number of commitments from Labor, including more paramedics, new and upgraded stations, and sufficient vehicle numbers. “Now we want to see the funding for these commitments in black […]
November 11, 2020


Yesterday Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the State Government would fully fund Victorian kinder services in sessional and Long Day Care centres in 2021. This announcement extends free kindergarten delivered in 2020 to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic to 2021. It will also include funded kindergarten programs in long day care. This means eligible three and four-year-old children attending kinder will have their education and care funded, with families saving around $2,000 in annual fees. Quotes attributable to Helen Gibbons, United Workers Union Early Childhood Education and Care Director: “This is a welcome announcement in ensuring access to high quality early learning in Victoria, regardless of setting. The Victorian Government is investing in secure jobs in the hard-working critical early education workforce. “Every child deserves quality early education and care, and the best start possible in life. This is an investment in families and children, but also an investment […]
November 2, 2020


As Melbourne’s hospitality industry reopens a new union report has revealed 77 percent of hospitality workers believe a permanent and secure job is either very or extremely important, showing that the industry’s dramatic shutdown in March has had a profound impact. The report by Hospo Voice, the United Workers Union’s hospitality arm, is based on national surveys with 4281 workers during the pandemic and busts one of the hospitality industry’s biggest myths: that the irregularity of hospitality work is a lifestyle choice by workers. Overwhelmingly, workers report that a regular and reliable income is vitally important. The findings come as the Federal Government’s proposed industrial relations reforms are expected to announce “part time flexibility” measures rather than address the systemic issues of insecure work and widespread wage theft. The report, entitled #RebuildHospo: A Post-Covid Roadmap For Secure Jobs In Hospitality, reveals that during the pandemic the number of workers who […]