It’s being labelled as one of the most unfair budgets in Australian history, targeting low-income families, pensioners and the sick.
United Voice members are angry at the Abbott Government increasing the retirement age to 70, cuts to family benefits and a $7 sick-tax to see a GP.
Delegate Geoff says the federal Budget is targeting people who are already struggling.
“It’s unfair because they said everyone was going to feel the pain but there’s more pain to the low paid than there is to the higher paid,’ he said.
Early Childhood Educator Maddie Griffin gives the budget a fail on behalf of United Voice members
Prime Minister Abbott and Treasurer Hockey just made life a whole lot harder for United Voice members. If this budget is passed in its current form, some of the best things about living in Australia will be destroyed.
United Voice members know what’s important in life – good health, secure incomes, a dignified retirement, strong communities and an affordable life. For many of us, these basics are already out of reach.
This budget will make things worse, and the hardest hit will be people who can least afford it.Read more
Just about everyone agrees the Big Steps Case is the way to fix the crisis in Australia’s child care system – educators, United Voice, parents, the previous and current governments, and most employers.
In December Sussan Ley, Childcare Assistant Minister said:
"The Fair Work Commission is now in the process of determining professional wages for the sector – that’s a good thing.
I’ll acknowledge that there are issues about pay in the childcare sector. I visited about 200 centres in my time as opposition spokesperson. That’s why I’m very pleased that it’s now going where it needs to go, to the Fair Work Commission.
Finally United Voice took this where they are able to secure a lasting, permanent wage increase. That takes care of that." (7:30 Report, ABC TV.
But now Tony Abbott and his government are interfering with the process.Read more
Hospitality worker Allan knows what can happen when workers aren't protected by strong industrial relations laws that preserve and protect their rights.
Allan joined United Voice after being unfairly dismissed from his previous job and is shocked the Abbott Government are trying to force through legislation which would allow employers to strip workers of their rights and trade off penalty rates.
Allan says that without penalty rates he would struggle to maintain his current standard of living.
“Many of us work around the clock and our communities couldn’t function without us,” he said.Read more
Have you heard of the National Commission of Audit?
It’s about to recommend big changes to our vital services like healthcare and education – and we might not get to see the report.
As a teacher aide in a Queensland public school, I know first-hand what Commissions like this mean for working people.
Since Premier Campbell Newman’s state-wide Commission of Audit, we’ve seen 14 000 jobs cut, many in health and education.
We’ve seen public schools close meaning jobs like mine are on the line, as is the quality of our kids’ education.Read more
United Voice members are angry that the Abbott Government is trying to push through legislation to cut the School Kids Bonus.
The bonus is paid to more than 1 million families across the nation with, $410 allocated to primary school students and $820 for secondary students.
United Voice member Alicia is a recipient of the school kid’s bonus and uses it to purchase her daughters high school textbooks.
“At the start of the year I rely quite heavily on this bonus particularly after the Christmas rush,” she said.Read more
United Voice members in the disability sector are concerned about what could happen to quality and conditions in their workplaces if the National Disability Insurance Scheme is privatised.
The NDIS is currently under investigation by the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit, which is chaired by the Head of the Business Council of Australia, Tony Sheperd.
The 'Commission of Cuts' has indicated they intend to investigate whether the NDIS can be privately operated.Read more