Secure employment, fair superannuation, penalty rates

Published: 8 February 2019

Our Change the Rules campaign is in full swing, and there’s plenty of opportunities for nurses and midwives to help make a difference in the campaign to restore fairness and equality.

What’s the campaign about?

Insecure work is on the rise and workers can’t take out loans or make life commitments.
Women are retiring with roughly half the superannuation of men.
Wages have flatlined in some of the lowest-paid industries, including aged care, while living costs continue to increase.
Nurses, midwives, assistants in nursing and carersare joining the movement for change. We’re working to restore fairness and balance and address rising inequality - because we owe it to future generations that they get a fair go in the workplace. 

What are we asking?


  • Secure and permanent employment so workers can plan for the future.
  • Fair superannuation that pays women for every dollar they earn - including while taking maternity leave - and closes the retirement gender gap.   
  • The restoration and protection of penalty rates - we’re in danger of passing on less to the next generation because our weekend penalties are being eroded. 
  • An aged care sector that enables nurses and carers to provide quality care through legislated minimum nurse-to-resident ratios
  • 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave for all workers.

To ramp up the campaign, the Queensland Council of Unions is hosting a series of campaign kick-off meetings in various seats around Queensland. 

  • Forde (Beenleigh) – Monday 18 February, 7pm
  • Herbert (Townsville) – Tuesday 19 February, 6pm
  • Capricornia (Rockhampton) – Wednesday 20 February, 6pm
  • Leichhardt (Cairns) – Wednesday 20 February, 6pm
  • Flynn (Gladstone) – Thursday 21 February, 6pm
  • Petrie (North Brisbane) – Monday 25 February, 6pm

To find out how you can get involved in the campaign, please contact Paula Rogers at the QNMU on 3840 1483 or email
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