May Day 2024

May Day 2024

UnionsWA is hosting the May Day celebrations of our Mighty Australian Union Movement on Sunday 5 May in Fremantle. HSUWA Members are encouraged to attend and join us for the May Day March! We will be marching with our Public Sector Alliance Unions in support of our united pay claim. It’s a great opportunity to show our unity and determination. It’s lots of fun for all…

MEMBER WIN! ACL Staff to be Paid for Pre-start Duties

MEMBER WIN! ACL Staff to be Paid for Pre-start Duties

Members at Clinical Laboratories stand up for their rights to be paid for duties required by the employer. Members at Clinical Laboratories (ACL) raised concerns that the company required staff to perform 15 minutes of pre-start duties at hospital locations. Consequently, a union claim item in bargaining for a new Union Agreement requires that the company…

Music to Your Ears: Music Therapists Improving Lives Through Song.

Music to Your Ears: Music Therapists Improving Lives Through Song.

We all love music, but did you know it has the power to manage symptoms, rehabilitate and improve lives? Meet, HSUWA Members Louise and Karen, incredible Music Therapists who work closely with children at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH). Music therapy is an established allied health profession where clinicians focus on the unique physical, emotional, cognitive,…

HSUWA Members Commit to Fighting on Amidst Historic Wins in Aged Care

HSUWA Members Commit to Fighting on Amidst Historic Wins in Aged Care

As many Members will be aware, the HSU ran the successful Change Aged Care campaign to lobby the Federal Government to better fund Aged Care. While reform is underway following the Royal Commission process, importantly in 2020, the HSU also lodged a work value case in the Fair Work Commission arguing the pay rates in the residential aged care sector were too low and…

HSUWA Member Advocacy Forces State Government to Act on CAMHS Services

HSUWA Member Advocacy Forces State Government to Act on CAMHS Services

HSUWA welcomes the announcement by the WA Health Minister that the State Government will fund the establishment of four community based Acute Care and Response Teams (ACRT Teams) to support WA children and adolescents who are seriously unwell. HSUWA Members working as Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and administrative staff with Child and Adolescent Mental…

Negotiations with Bethesda Health Care Conclude

Negotiations with Bethesda Health Care Conclude

The HSUWA bargaining committee has concluded negotiations with Bethesda Health Care. Members have won some significant claims including: Congratulations to these Members for securing these claims. The employer will now finalise a draft of the Agreement for HSUWA to review and then it will put out to vote. Members at Bethesda should keep an eye on your…

Lifeblood Members Dig in During Tough Negotiations

Lifeblood Members Dig in During Tough Negotiations

Lifeblood (a division of the Australian Red Cross Society) is attempting to erode the earnings and hard-fought conditions of WA employees. HSUWA Members have had 10 negotiation meetings to progress a replacement enterprise Agreement in WA however the company is seeking to combine separate state-based Agreements (for WA, SA, VIC and TAS) into a new “SouthWest” Agreement. Instead of using the process to…

Members at Apex Radiology Prepare to Vote ‘No’
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Members at Apex Radiology Prepare to Vote ‘No’

Members working as Radiographers for Apex Radiology are preparing to vote ‘NO’ for the proposed Agreement sent out by their employer on Thursday, 7 March. The current Offer from Apex Radiology fails to address attraction and retention issues and adequately value the skilled professionals that support their business. Apex Radiology are: Members have been getting…

Union Win: Shift Penalty Underpayment Reconciliation Underway
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Union Win: Shift Penalty Underpayment Reconciliation Underway

Last year, HSUWA Members at Armadale Hospital uncovered widespread underpayment of shift workers who worked overtime in public health. As a result of union Members standing up to demand pay of their due entitlements, about 3,000 current and former employees will be back paid some entitlements (on average around $160). Due to union advocacy, the Department of Health agreed to investigate…

Consultation Round 2 – Independent Review: Career Pathways for Health Professionals
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Consultation Round 2 – Independent Review: Career Pathways for Health Professionals

HSUWA Members won an Independent Review of career pathways for health professionals in 2022. AHP Workforce, who are conducting the review, will commence the second round of consultation with the WA Health workforce in March 2024. There are a number of ways to provide your feedback as part of the round two consultation. AHP workforce…

Member Story – The Price of Human Connection

Member Story – The Price of Human Connection

HSUWA Member Trisha is the friendly, smiling face who greets patients as they walk through the door of a small suburban pathology clinic south of Perth. Trisha is a very experienced and skilled Phlebotomist working with Australian Clinical Laboratories (Clinical Labs) in WA. Clinical Labs, along with Western Diagnostic Pathology and Clinipath, make up the…

Public Sector Agreement Negotiations Kick Off
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Public Sector Agreement Negotiations Kick Off

A group of dedicated HSUWA Delegates and Members attended training to prepare to present your claims for improvements to the public sector Union Agreement 2024. HSUWA Members will present claims in person at the bargaining table to the Department of Health. This is designed to ensure the Department of Health hear directly from Members about the importance of each claim –…

CAMHS Members Commence Industrial Action
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CAMHS Members Commence Industrial Action

On Wednesday, 7 February 2024, HSUWA Members across CAMHS Community Clinics stopped work and voted on a plan to take further industrial action. Members voted to implement two work bans, including a caseload cap and changes to some forms of record keeping. Members have advocated consistently over the past three years for changes to public services for children and adolescents needing mental health treatment – to better…

We’re in it Together – Unity is Strength!
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We’re in it Together – Unity is Strength!

Welcome to 2024! It’s going to be a huge year for Members with negotiations for new Union Agreements kicking off for the public sector, as well as Western Diagnostic Pathology, Australian Clinical Labs, St John of God and Ramsay Health Care. As union members, we believe in making positive change through our collective power and voice. We celebrate…

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