Join the campaign for better pay
Tuesday 25 Feb 2014
The HSUWA Public Hospitals and Health Services Agreement expires on 30th June 2014. The last pay increase was 4% on 1st July 2013. We have had meetings in most metro and some country workplaces in January/February 2014. The first round of meetings is to discuss what members want to claim. This has been supported by an online poll and other meetings, emails, and phone conversations.
It is without question a difficult negotiating environment and it may be challenging for members to maintain the wages growth achieved in recent years. Recent reports of national wages growth of 2.5% pa in 2013 paint a grim picture, although the same stats show that WA public sector wages grew by 3.7% in the same period.
What is of interest now is what is going to happen into the future. The table distributed at the recent meetings clearly demonstrates that the pay increases the State Government has agreed for doctors, nurses and health support workers averages 4% in 2014 and over 4% for 2015. To see the table, click here.
The government's new wages policy offers a capped increase of 2.5% pa for workers covered by the HSUWA. The meetings firmly rejected the idea that they alone should carry the burden of savings on salaries while all other health workers, including those employed by Serco at Fiona Stanley Hospital, get much larger increases this year and next.
The government's Workforce Reform Bill has been at the Committee stage and your union along with others has made submissions on a range of issues including the government proposal to try and direct the WA Industrial Relations Commission to favour government wages policy. Talk about stacking the deck.
Other unions are also seeking new agreements this year, the CSA, representing public servants, the firefighters and police. The teachers negotiate later in the year. The only formal claim so far is by the CSA which is seeking 12% over three years with some minor conditions changes. We have had discussions with other unions about working together and are likely to have more.
The next steps are as follows:
- A meeting of Workplace Representatives at Royal Street on 13th March which will provide final endorsement of the claims for pay, conditions, and job security
- Teleconferences with members in country workplaces
- Meetings with the Department of Health to discuss the claims and related matters
- A second round of members' meetings around major metro worksites and some country workplaces from late April at which we should have a formal offer or response from the Department of Health
If you have any concerns about the negotiations, please contact the union on email@example.com