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YOUR UNION FOR AMBULANCE OFFICERS AND PARAMEDICS

We respond to emergencies and get you to the hospital.

We are paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and patient transport officers, working around the clock to save lives and care for you in your time of need. Our work is difficult, demanding and incredibly high pressure. Together we are standing up for better pay and conditions, zero tolerance for abuse, support for mental health, and opportunities for professional development. 

United Workers Union is our union for Ambulance Officers, paramedics, emergency dispatchers, patient transporters, air rescue crews and fleet maintenance officers.    

UWU represents over 150,000 workers from all walks of life across Australia.  Throughout our history, we’ve shown when working people come together, we win.

We fight hard for jobs you can count on, decent pay and conditions, and respect at work. Your union is here to help you, we provide a range of quality services, benefits and representation when you need it.  

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Union members stand together for better pay and conditions, respect, and job security.

Australian workers who are union members earn on average $250 more every week.

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When you face poor treatment – like unfair dismissal, safety issues or harassment at work it’s important to be union.

At worksites across the country UWU Delegates, leaders and Health and Safety Reps have your back.

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Members have access to exclusive training and development designed to support you at work.

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When you’re union, you’re part of a national movement with a long history for standing up for what is right.

If you want a fairer Australia, joining your union is the best way to make a difference.

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STATE BUDGET ESSENTIAL SERVICES FUNDING BOOST WELCOMED
The United Workers Union welcomes the commitment to essential services announced in today’s state budget. This includes centrally funding 60 new ambulance officers in the Queensland Ambulance Service, $485 million to address patient access, and confirmation of the election commitment of 1,139 teacher aides in the next year. Quotes attributable to United Workers Union Public Sector Director Sharron Caddie: “In the past month QAS approved new staff to fill holes caused by the ongoing hospital crisis. “The severe shortfall of ambulance officers out in the community, due to the hospital and health service (HHS) crisis, required QAS to get more bodies on the ground now, whilst the service waits for other funding initiatives to be rolled out and begin to take effect. “United Workers Union members had called for these places to be centrally funded and remain as additional to the already projected 475 additional ambulance officers over the next four years. “Today the Palaszczuk Government has delivered and confirmed these positions will be both centrally funded and kept as additional to the already forecast growth figures for the service. “Queensland’s health services will be supported by record funding of $22.2 billion in health which will assist in addressing the current hospital crisis. “The Palaszczuk Government’s confirmation of the 1,139 teacher aides within the next year acknowledges the important role teacher aides play in supporting students in our education system.” Quotes attributable to Queensland Ambulance Officer Elliott Rhodes-Bates: “We are experiencing an exponential number of ambulances remaining ramped across the state due to the current HHS crisis. “Every day we do…
EXTRA AMBULANCE OFFICERS MUST BE CENTRALLY FUNDED IN STATE BUDGET 
A new boost to the number of Queensland ambulance officers must be centrally funded in this month’s state budget. The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) has approved up to 90 new staff to fill holes caused by the ongoing hospital crisis. United Workers Union National Ambulance Coordinator Fiona Scalon said these places must remain as additional to the already projected 475 additional ambulance officers over the next four years. “The severe shortfall of ambulance officers out in the community, due to the hospital and health service (HHS) crisis, required QAS to get more bodies on the ground now, whilst the service waits for other funding initiatives to be rolled out and begin to take effect,” Ms Scalon said. “QAS is in the process of hiring and onboarding up to 90 new staff to permanent positions to meet the needs today, but these positions must become centrally funded through the next state budget. “Our members are calling for these positions to be kept as additional to the already forecast growth figures for the service. As these positions serve to relieve wait times within the community as exponential numbers of ambulances remain ramped across the state due to the current HHS crisis,” she said. ENDS  Media Contact: 1300 898 633, [email protected]