The EBA tour will be sent to you by separate email on Friday, July 15, 2016. The email contains a link to a survey on Survey Monkey that invites you to vote Yes or NO. Your voice is encrypted and confidential. Voting closes on Friday, July 29, 2016. If the union does not have an email address for you, we will send you a ballot. If you have provided an email address to the union but do not have access to the Internet or cannot open the Survey Monkey link, you must notify the union office. Recommendation from the HSUWA Management Committee The union`s Board of Directors reviewed the Department`s offer in the context of current economic and industrial relations and recommends that members accept the Department of Health`s offer. At the last round of EBA negotiations in 2014, members approved a strategy to focus on the best possible pay rises. As most members will recall, we achieved this goal after trade union actions and arbitrations, with an increase of 3.75% from 1 July 2014 and 3.5% from 1 July 2015. The economic and employment environment changed rapidly last year, with rising unemployment, flattened wage growth, the lowest budget deficit and the worst debt situation in the state`s history. Focusing on the best pay increases we have in 2014 meant that the other two key issues that are important to members, namely job security and workload management, could not be addressed.
The importance of job security and workload management was confirmed in the union`s survey of members earlier this year, at work meetings and in e-mail, telephone and personal interviews with members. The proposed wage increases are modest, but in the current economic environment, any additional increases should be paid for by members` jobs. Achieving an improved offer would require a major campaign of collective struggles that appears to be at odds with the current sentiment of the members. The Barnett government has argued that our members are the highest paid in the country and we must agree that our rates of pay are very competitive with other government and public sector salaries. The letter to the Director General of Health is attached attached and the summary of requests for a new EBA from July 1, 2016 is attached here. A short background, the current contract, which covers your payment and terms, expires on June 30, 2016. The last agreement gave wage increases of 3.75% from 1 July 2014 and 3.5% from 1 July 2015. In January of this year, we interviewed members online and then launched a series of working meetings. The trial culminated in a Reps conference at Perth Zoo in early April, during which the damage report was confirmed. Any staff member who resigns before the health agreement is registered is not (legally) entitled to reimbursement. The management of the Union and the SJGHC concluded the negotiations and reached an agreement in principle on the settlement of a new enterprise agreement that includes provisions for the employment of SJGHC employees (including the Midland) over the next three years. For more information, visit: www.hsuwa.com.au/public-sector-eba-2020 EA negotiation update: St John of God Health Care and HSU – Health Professionals, Clerical and Technical Enterprise Agreement 2016 The Union has negotiated with the Ministry of Health a new business agreement based on the Log of Claims approved at the April 7 Reps Conference at Perth Zoo, see here.
I am pleased to inform you that on Friday 24 June we received an offer for better pay and health conditions.