Together (union)

Last updated

Together Queensland
Together Queensland, Industrial Union of Employees
Founded2011
Headquarters 22 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
Location
Members
39 000
Key people
Alex Scott, Secretary
Sharon Abbott, President
Vivienne Doogan, Assistant Secretary
Kate Flanders, Assistant Secretary
Affiliations ACTU QCU
Website www.together.org.au

Together is a trade union covering workers in the public and private sectors in the state of Queensland, Australia. The largest areas of coverage is the state public sector, including clinical and administrative staff in Queensland Health, state schools and TAFE institutes, the Department of Communities and other departments. Other areas of coverage include universities (general staff), airline employees, private clinical pathology services, private and not-for-profit healthcare providers, and clerical and administrative staff across a range of industries.

Contents

Together is a branch of the Australian Services Union, and members of Together are also members of the ASU at a federal level. [1]

History

Together was created in July 2011 as an amalgamation of the Queensland Public Sector Union and the Australian Services Union (Central and Southern Queensland) Branch. The union is registered within the state industrial relations jurisdiction as Together and in the federal system as ASU/AMACSU.

Union structure

Union Conference is Together's peak decision making body. Every four years the Electoral Commission of Queensland holds elections for Conference delegates. Each delegate represents members in their agency to ensure all members have their say in their union. Union Conference meets four times a year.

Past campaigns

The QPSU has been involved in the Your Rights at Work campaign. The QPSU has also had campaigns specifically targeting Queensland government departments, including Queensland Department of Health, Queensland Department of Child Safety and Department of Disability Services Queensland.

A badge from one of the union's campaigns concerning the industrial problems in Queensland Health. Badge s.jpg
A badge from one of the union's campaigns concerning the industrial problems in Queensland Health.

Related Research Articles

Australian Labor Party Federal political party in Australia

The Australian Labor Party (ALP), also simply known as Labor, is the major centre-left political party in Australia, one of two major parties in Australian politics, along with the centre-right Liberal Party of Australia. It has been in Opposition in the federal parliament since the 2013 election. The ALP is a federal party, with political branches in each state and territory. They are currently in government in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory. The Labor Party is the oldest political party in Australia.

Local government Lowest tier of administration within a sovereign state

Local government is a generic term for the lowest tiers of public administration within a particular sovereign state. This particular usage of the word government refers specifically to a level of administration that is both geographically-localised and has limited powers. While in some countries, "government" is normally reserved purely for a national administration (government), the term local government is always used specifically in contrast to national government – as well as, in many cases, the activities of sub-national, first-level administrative divisions. Local governments generally act only within powers specifically delegated to them by law and/or directives of a higher level of government. In federal states, local government generally comprises a third or fourth tier of government, whereas in unitary states, local government usually occupies the second or third tier of government.

Unison (trade union) Largest trade union in the UK

Unison, stylised as UNISON, is the largest trade union in the United Kingdom. UNISON's members work predominantly in public services, including local government, education, health and outsourced services.

Queensland Government Government of Queensland, Australia

The Queensland Government is the democratic administrative authority of the Australian state of Queensland. The Government of Queensland, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy was formed in 1859 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, Queensland has been a State of Australia, with the Constitution of Australia regulating the relationships between all state and territory governments and the Australian Government. Under the Australian Constitution, all states and territories ceded powers relating to certain matters to the federal government.

Queensland Council of Unions

The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) is a representative, an advocacy group, or peak body, of Queensland trade union organisations, also known as a labour council, in the Queensland, Australia. As of 2020, 26 unions and 13 regional branches were affiliated with the QCU. The QCU represents unions covering around 350,000 Queensland workers. It is affiliated with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). Its offices are located in the suburb of South Brisbane, Queensland. As a peak body for the Queensland trade unions, the objective of the QCU is to achieve industrial, social and political justice for Queensland workers. The management structure of the QCU is made up of a committee of management and an executive of representatives comprised from affiliated unions.

Queensland Health State government-funded health system in Queensland, Australia

Queensland Health is the public health service in Queensland, Australia, coordinated by the Department of Health in the state government. The minister for health and ambulance services has overall responsibility for the department, while the director-general and chief health officer manage day-to-day operational and clinical activities. Queensland Health includes the Department of Health, 16 local Hospital and Health Services which provide health services, and a range of related foundations and authorities. The department employs over 97,000 staff and has an annual operating budget of almost $30 billion.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is the largest union in Australia, with 274,956 members in 2018. The union is run by nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing to advance the industrial, political and professional interests of its members.

Australian Services Union Australian trade union

The Australian Services Union is a trade union representing workers in a variety of industries.

Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union

The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union is Australia's main trade union in construction, forestry, maritime, mining, energy, textile, clothing and footwear production. The CFMMEU is affiliated with the Australian Council of Trade Unions, with the Australian Labor Party and with the World Federation of Trade Unions.

CPSU, the Community and Public Sector Union is a national trade union in Australia. The union came into existence on 1 July 1994 with the amalgamation of the Public Sector, Professional, Scientific, Research, Technical, Communication, Aviation and Broadcasting Union ("PSU") with the State Public Service Federation. The CPSU is one of the largest trade unions in Australia with 120,000 members.

Transport Workers Union of Australia Trade union


The Transport Workers Union of Australia (TWU) is a trade union with over 90,000 members throughout Australia. It has 5 main branches in Australia

Anne McEwen (politician) Australian politician

Anne McEwen is a former Australian politician who served as a Labor member of the Australian Senate for South Australia from 2005 to 2016.


The New South Wales Teachers Federation is the registered trade union that covers New South Wales (NSW) public school teachers. The New South Wales Teachers Federation represents all teachers in NSW public pre-schools, infants, primary and secondary schools and TAFE Institutes. Teachers in Schools for Specific Purposes, Adult Migrant Education Service (AMES) and Corrective Services are also members.

The Queensland Teachers' Union is an Australian trade union with a membership of more than 46,000 teachers and principals in the Queensland Government's primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, senior colleges, TAFE colleges and other educational facilities. More than 96 per cent of eligible teachers are members. As well as protecting the rights and conditions of its members, the QTU also sees the promotion of public education as a major part of its role.

The State Public Services Federation is a federation of trade unions each of which covers members in the public service of an Australian state and related employment. The combined total of membership of the Federation is around 100,000.

The Australian Liberal Students' Federation (ALSF) is an Australian students' political organisation. Founded in 1948, the ALSF carries similar ideology to the Liberal Party of Australia. The Federation works closely with the Liberal Party, however it is an independent organisation that pursues its own policy agenda.

Federal administration of Switzerland Executive branch of the federal authorities of Switzerland

The federal administration of Switzerland is the ensemble of agencies that constitute, together with the Swiss Federal Council, the executive branch of the Swiss federal authorities. The administration is charged with executing federal law and preparing draft laws and policy for the Federal Council and the Federal Assembly.

Katrine Anne Hildyard is an Australian politician representing the electoral district of Reynell in the Parliament of South Australia as a member of the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party since the 2014 state election. Hildyard was appointed to the Cabinet of South Australia in September 2017 as Minister for Disabilities; and served in this role until the 2018 state election.

Association of Draughting, Supervisory and Technical Employees

The Association of Draughting Supervisory and Technical Employees (ADSTE), originally known as the Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Draughtsmen of Australia (AAESDA), was an Australian trade union which existed between 1915 and 1991. It represented white collar and technical-grade employees in both the private sector and the public service.

The Federated Clerks Union of Australia (FCU) was an Australian trade union representing clerical workers, in existence from 1911 to 1993, when it amalgamated with the Australian Services Union.

References

  1. "Our History".