What’s your union done for you?

Posted on
June 17, 2020
Health Services Industry

Members can always come to us for advice.

The rights we enjoy at work today have been won for us by workers and their unions:

  • Annual leave won in 1906, 10 days in the 1970s, then increased to 4 weeks
  • Sick leave began in the 1920s, enshrined in the 1970s to 10 days
  • Penalty rates established in 1947 for work done outside ‘ordinary hours’
  • Maternity Leave Act in 1973
  • Working week defined as 44 hrs in 1927, 40 hrs in 1947 and 38 hrs in 1983
  • Paid parental leave in 2011
  • Dad and partner leave in 2013
  • Superannuation national laws in 1983 associated with the wages accord, where pay rises were forfeited to establish national superannuation at 3%, and from 1992 this rate was increased slowly to 9.5% by 2014 with plans to raise the rate to 12% by 2025 using 0.5% annual increases starting in July 2021.
  • Long service leave - Public servants received it in the 1860s but by the 1950s all employees had access to LSL, confirmed in the 1970s by acts of parliament.
  • Redundancy pay
  • Many more rights and entitlements

It’s hard to imagine working without all those, the way people did before they banded together and fought so we could all have a better working life.

HACSU can assist in many ways – we help resolve workplace issues, we’re members' voice, we make sure employers meet their obligations and we can investigate suspected breaches of discrimination laws and workplace safety laws.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

Health Services Industry