Join the campaign for better pay

Thursday 31 Oct 2013

The HSUWA needs your help to secure pay rises for our members in line with the big increases the State Government has given other public sector workers recently.

During the March State Election the Barnett Government was faced with an intensive pay campaign by the Nurses union that resulted in 14% pay increases over three years.

This set a benchmark for other health workers.

Later on in the election the Prison Officers Union  also wanted better pay, which prompted the State Treasurer Troy Buswell to state that, "If anyone else thinks that they can hold us to ransom in the way the nurses union did, they've got another thing coming".

The Prison Officers did not manage to get an election eve wage increase, but nevertheless ended up with an agreement for 12.75% over three years.

United Voice fought a tough campaign in 2012, which ended in a lengthy arbitration and an Order from the WA Industrial Relations Commission with wage increases for their government health workers of 4.25% from 1 August 2013 and 4.25% from 1 August 2014.

Back in July, the HSUWA reached an agreement with Serco for pay and conditions for non clinical staff at Fiona Stanley Hospital.  The Agreement includes pay increases of 3.75% from 1 July 2014 and 3.5% from 1 July 2015.

The most recent agreement was between WA Health and the doctors. The agreement was revealed with much fanfare on the front page of the West Australian (Saturday 26 October). This in principle agreement offers about 11 – 12 % with some unspecified changes.

Now the Barnett Government says that this latest pay deal is their line in the sand, now the rest of us can cop inflation only increases; currently predicted to be 2.5% per annum for each of the next 3 years.

The effect of an inflation-only increase is nurses get pay increases of nearly twice what they propose to offer HSUWA covered workers with inflation-only pay deals.

The Barnett Government has also chosen to follow the NSW and Queensland Governments in nobbling the State Industrial Relations Commission. The new rules for the IR Commission mean that if a pay deal has to be arbitrated, the Commission has to favour what the Government wants.  

In April 2014 the CPSU / CSA Agreement for the Public Service expires.  On 30th June 2014 the HSUWA and Police Union agreements come to an end.

If you believe your work is at least as valuable as Nurses, Doctors, Hospital Support Workers, Prison Officers, and Serco Fiona Stanley Hospital employees, then you need to act now and support the HSUWA 2014 Public Sector Pay Campaign.

If you are a member then ask a colleague to join. If you are a colleague who is not yet a member, then join now, it’s easy!

More on what you can do to help the campaign will be sent to members shortly. In the meantime make sure we have all your current contact details including work email, personal email, phone and mobile numbers. Send us an email now union@hsuwa.com.au .

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