Disappointing Frontline Clerks Case decision

Monday 14 Oct 2013

The Public Service Arbitrator delivered its decision in the Frontline Clerks Case on 3rd October.

Acting Senior Commissioner Pam Scott ruled that while the Liaison Officer positions at SCGH have been reclassified to Level G3, the rest of the positions remain at Level G2. Acting Senior Commissioner Scott has provided her reasons for each group of positions subject to the arbitration.

This has been a long awaited decision given the hearing and workplace inspections were concluded in November and December 2012. A copy of the 54 page decision is available on the HSUWA website here.

Given the time, effort and resources the union devoted to these claims the final outcome is very disappointing.  The legal team from Slater & Gordon and the HSUWA industrial and organising staff (especially Karen, Carla, Neru, and Kate) did everything possible to make the best case.  Under the provisions of the WA Industrial Relations Act there is no avenue of appeal against the decision.

The union was liaising with Health Industrial Relations regarding the status of JDFs and would update members when advice was received.

HSUWA Secretary Dan Hill would like to convey our thanks and appreciation to all members who helped compile the claims and who gave evidence in the Commission, and also those who contributed during the workplace inspections conducted by Acting Senior Commissioner Scott.  

The union would also be arranging meetings at Metro sites to discuss the decision and its implications, and also job security and workloads.

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