EBA 2016 Update (6 July 2016) - Offer to go out to ballot with members

Wednesday 06 Jul 2016

Dear Members

The Union has been negotiating with the Department of Health for a new Enterprise Agreement based on the Log of Claims that was endorsed at the Reps Conference held at the Perth Zoo on 7th April, see here.

I am pleased to advise that we received an offer for improved pay and conditions from Health on Friday 24th June. The offer was considered by the union’s Committee of Management on 29th June 2016. The Committee accepted the offer in principle subject to the endorsement of members via an electronic ballot. I decided that it was sensible to wait until after the hustle and bustle of the Federal Election to communicate the offer to members.

The pay increases that have been offered, subject to acceptance by a ballot of members, are 1.5% from 1 July 2016 and 1.5% from 1 July 2017. This is in line with State Government Wages Policy. The offer is for a two year agreement expiring on 30 June 2018, the draft salaries schedule can be found here.

In addition to the wage increases there are new provisions relating to secure employment and workload management. These issues have been identified by workplace representatives and the members survey as being of high importance.

A summary of the other improvements included in the offer can be found here.

There will be a round of workplace meetings in the Metro area and a teleconference with country members, details can be found here.

There will be an electronic ballot of members, this will be in two steps:

1. You will receive a first email which will explain the terms of the proposed agreement, consider the implications of voting yes or no , and provide a recommendation to members. This will also tell you when to expect to receive the ballot and the closing date for the vote.

2. An email ballot will be sent to members. Please note – if you cannot open the links in this email then you need to contact the union at union@hsuwa.com.au or 9328 5155 to request a paper ballot to be sent to your home address. Members who have not provided the union with an email address, or are already on our newsletter mailing list, will be sent paper ballots. If you receive an electronic ballot and cannot vote we will send you a paper ballot.

There is some additional information about the process from here which covers what happens after the ballot closes, see here.

You can of course contact the union office on 9328 5155 or email at union@hsuwa.com.au if you would like to discuss the offer and its implications for you.

Thank you for your continuing support, I hope to see many of you at the meetings or talk with you in the country teleconference.

Regards

Dan Hill
Secretary

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