APAQ withdraws from union registration

United Voice welcomes APAQ’s withdrawal from seeking official union registration. We believe ambulance officers are best served when represented by a strong, well-resourced union.

Proof of this is the collective action members took under the Code One banner that won significant commitments from the new government.

Importantly, if members are concerned about things such as those raised in this bulletin alone – fatigue and being pushed into no union representation at disciplinary meetings – membership of United Voice, the only properly registered and authorised union to represent you, is the safest bet.

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  • commented 2015-04-28 12:01:56 +1000
    I also completely agree Simeon, Scott and Dave.

    I have been raised by a blue collar family firm in the belief that unions are a necessity and ‘voice’ within workforces when we don’t have one.

    But in my, albeit limited, 3 year exposure to UV I have found that at present we are wholly under-represented. And I know I’m beating an old drum, but if we look at interstate paramedic representation or gasp the firefighter’s union, you will see that over the last decade we have fallen far short.

    I look forward to a day when I can wholly commit to a union that feels like it’s working as hard for us as we do the community.
  • commented 2015-04-28 11:27:56 +1000
    Sim makes some excellent points. If less time was spent chest beating and more time on representing members then maybe Medics wouldn’t be down $20000 a year. As a former member and delegate of the “bottle washers Union” I can fully understand the frustration felt by Paramedics. A union representing only Paramedics would be far more empathetic and effective than one representing every man and his dog.