Union Update 2021 #4
Tuesday 02 Feb 2021
Since yesterday your union has been in discussions with employers, WA Health and government, including the Public Sector Commissioner about the impact of the lockdown on health workers.
The HSUWA has been advocating that due to the lockdown's swiftness and short nature, all workers should be paid this week as normal, rather than navigate the existing special rules for work under COVID-19 released last year in the public sector Circular No. 6 and Circular No. 7.
We have also said this because of school closures, the direction to work from home, and commonsense management of risks.
Further, we believe working from home should be supported and encouraged, and not all health workers must attend their workplace to work. There is an inconsistent approach and mixed messaging on this across WA Health. So we have written to the Director-General of Health, calling on him to ensure the HSPs allow working from home, where possible and without any further delay.
The information so far is that there is adequate PPE across the public sector services. We are concerned about reports there is still not adequate PPE in private pathology. We have sent out a snap survey to members to report issues with PPE, so if you have any feedback, please complete the survey.
We will continue to work on your behalf to obtain greater clarity over the coming days as further information becomes available. Follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information.
Refer to the following Public Sector Circulars: