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Christmas Eve (after 6PM) is now a public holiday

Christmas Eve is a time for family and friends.

Laws to make Christmas Eve (after 6PM) a public holiday were last month passed in State Parliament.

Many Queenslanders miss out on Christmas Eve with family and friends because they are working to keep communities safe and businesses operating over the holiday season.

These are our nurses, paramedics, firefighters and police officers, hospitality, retail, warehousing and fast food workers.

Now the vital work they do will be recognised.

Support this move to recognise those who make Christmas safe and sound for us all.


Queensland Unions have a new leadership team heading into 2020 with a renewed focus on fighting for secure jobs and decent wages for Queensland workers. Former assistant general secretary Michael Clifford was elected unopposed to the General Secretary position. Kate ...
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Queensland Unions have welcomed a state wage case decision for a three per cent pay rise reflecting widespread calls to lift wages to boost Australia’s flagging economy. The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has ruled that all rates of pay in ...
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Queensland Unions are gravely concerned about increasing police search powers in response to climate change protests, saying it opens the door to future amendments which would see protest rights or civil liberties further diminished. Queensland Council of Unions Acting General ...
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Queensland Unions say the one-off bonus payment to sweeten state public sector wage deals is a bitter reminder of the federal LNP government’s atrocious record on wages growth. Queensland Council of Unions Acting General Secretary Michael Clifford said the $1250 ...
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The Morrison LNP government’s current legislative attack on unions will open the door for rogue employers to act without fear of punishment, unions say. A Senate inquiry hearing today in Brisbane into the federal Coalition’s Ensuring Integrity legislation will hear ...
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A national survey on workplace health and safety released today shows widespread worker support for national legislation similar to Queensland’s industrial manslaughter laws.
The national survey of more than 26,000 working people responded to questions about their experiences of work health ...
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The Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister for Education and Industrial Relations Hon Grace Grace of four new appointments to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC). In particular, QCU Senior Vice President and State Secretary of ...
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday scored an $11,000 pay rise while some of Queensland’s lowest paid workers copped a further cut to their yearly income. That’s the ongoing impact of the LNP government’s support for cuts to penalty rates for ...
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elected officials

Michael Clifford

Michael Clifford

General Secretary
Kate Ruttiman

Kate Ruttiman

Honorary President


Health & Safety Reps Support Service

Health & Safety Reps Support Service

The Queensland Health and Safety Representative Support Service was established in 2019 to encourage worker representation in health and safety matters and to support health and safety representatives (HSRs) once they have been elected. FIND OUT MORE ...
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Workers' Psychological Support Service

Workers’ Psychological Support Service

Queenslanders experiencing a work-related psychological injury can now access support from a social worker. This independent, confidential and free service helps Queenslanders experiencing a work-related psychological injury to connect with the right community services.
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