HSUWA Quarterly Highlights September 2021
Thursday 23 Sep 2021
We wish to share with you some of the considerable things achieved through your commitment as an HSUWA member.
Here is a summary of some HSUWA member wins and milestones across the Public and Private Health Sectors this quarter.
The HSUWA is with you at work and working for our members!
- Over 320 new members chose to stand with you this quarter.
- We responded to more than 900 Industrial Enquiries with advice and support.
- We conducted 3 full day Union Training Sessions, 1 day of federal bargaining training and hosted 6 paid union member meetings across hospital sites.
- Bargaining continues with 7 different employers seeking improved enterprise agreement outcomes for members.
- HSUWA, together with one of our Public Sector Union Alliance allies, the United Workers Union, presented a petition of almost 6,000 signatures to WA Parliament, calling on the State Government to scrap the $1,000 per annum wages cap.
- The State Budget (on 9 September) delivered an abrupt change in policy by the State Government, announcing that the $1,000 was scrapped and the policy would be reviewed. This is a massive win for Public Sector members, and we know this will directly affect the pay offers in the Private Sector.
- Our first public sector paid member meetings were held across the metro area, with a virtual member meeting hosted for regional workers. This right to paid member meetings was won in the 2020 Union Agreement.
- Security Officers at PCH were able to secure additional FTE to ensure patient and staff safety. Read more here.
- Won the presence of a Security Officer during urinalysis drug screening times for PathWest members at the Bentley Health Service laboratory in response to a pattern of violence and aggression from patients providing urine samples.
- Members from Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) won an additional 99 FTE staff. This pre-budget announcement confirmed the commitments made following members’ industrial action and advocacy this year. Their sustained efforts made this a priority for the State Government of WA.
- After taking public Health Service Providers to the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to enforce compliance with the Job Security Review process, the HSUWA also secured paid meetings for staff to learn about their entitlements under the clause in the Union Agreement 2020. These meetings were conducted across numerous across hospital sites.
- Additional 1.8 Social Worker FTE for members at Rockingham General Hospital, along with a review to determine what additional resources may be needed.
- Our member bargaining committee at Western Diagnostic Pathology negotiated huge improvements to pay and conditions for Western Diagnostic Pathology Workers! Improvements included pay rises for all staff, faster progression through pay scales and additional leave entitlements.
- Members prepared to bargain after winning the right to commence bargaining for their first Enterprise Agreement. HSUWA successfully took Genesis Care to the Fair Work Commission challenging their response to our member’s fight to bargain.