EBA Ballot Information
Friday 06 Jul 2018
This information is to assist members in deciding whether to accept or reject the pay and conditions offer from the Department of Health.
A comparison of the Union claims and the Department of Health’s offer can be found here. We have included some comments on the employer’s offer. We have arranged a round of meetings at Metro sites and a teleconference for WACHS members to be available to discuss the offer and the options. You can also contact the union office if you have any questions.
The ballot will be sent to you as a separate email this week. That email will include a link to a Survey Monkey survey where you will be asked to vote YES or NO. You will only be able to vote once from the email address the ballot was sent to. Your vote will be encrypted and confidential.
Note: If you do not have access to the internet from your email you will need to contact the union office (see below) to receive a paper ballot. Members without email addresses will automatically be sent paper ballots.
It is your decision, and to assist we have provided some information about voting YES or NO.
The HSUWA Committee of Management resolved to recommend that members vote YES to the offer, the resolution is as follows:
“That the HSUWA Committee of Management accepts in principle the WA Health letter of offer dated 25 June 2018, subject to the offer being accepted by a ballot of members.
Having considered the current economic environment, government wages policy, wage outcomes in other public-sector Agreements, the terms of the offer and changes proposed the COM resolves to recommend the offer to members.”
If members vote YES to the offer then the Union will advise the Department of Health, complete the drafting of the new Agreement, and proceed with registration of the agreement. Pay increases will be guaranteed from 1st July 2018. Other changes will apply from the date of registration of the Agreement in the WA Industrial Relations Commission.
If members choose to vote NO to the current offer then this means there will be no pay increase from 1 July 2018. The Union and the Department/Government have concluded negotiations, we have reached the point where there is little to gain from further discussion. Voting NO to the offer means, in effect, that members are prepared to strike and apply serious work bans to try and get improvements to the offer.
We can reasonably predict that industrial action would be stopped by the WA Industrial Relations Commission. While we could hope for arbitration it is highly unlikely to succeed as it would either require the Government to agree to arbitration on a specific matter or the Commission to agree to arbitrate in which case the whole of the existing Agreement and the Offer would be at risk. The other consideration is that even if there was arbitration it is very doubtful that the Arbitrator would offer a better deal than we already have, taking into account that other Public Sector unions have signed up to similar Agreements, and we know that the State’s finances are still in the red. You may recall that the Police Union took action and ended up in the Commission and gained nothing more.
What we do know is that voting NO to the current offer would mean the effective date of any pay increase would only be from the date we finally reached agreement, and any conditions changes would likely be lost.
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