Western Diagnostic Bleeding Their Workers
Thursday 20 Apr 2017
After more than 2 years of negotiations the EBA settlement with Western Diagnostic Pathology remains on a knife edge. The latest is that the proposed settlement and final draft EBA document is with Primary Heath Care (owners of WDP) head office for their approval, or otherwise.
It would have been preferable to have a settlement that provided for back payment, and the union negotiators have requested and discussed this on a number of occasions. However WDP’s position is in the negative. In fact, up until the latest proposal they were wanting any wage increase to apply from the date of a positive vote by employees, and then any further increase to apply 12 months after the EBA has been approved by the Fair Work Commission. Bearing in mind that the Fair Work Commission process can take 3 – 6 months, or even longer if there are legal irregularities in the EBA, the 2nd and 3rd year wage increases could have been even further delayed.
Members at Western Diagnostic Pathology have become aware that their employer’s position is that they would prefer that their employees pay shrank down to the Award rates. Due to that stance many employees (those above Award rates) have not had a wage increase since March 2014. It is a similar position in the Eastern States with employees of the other Primary Heath Care pathology companies.
Rates of pay for under the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010 are as follows:
Level 4 @ $20.61 per hour;
Level 5 @ $21.31 per hour;
Level 6 @ $22.46 per hour.
Pay point 1 @ $21.62 per hour;
Pay point 2 @ $22.46 per hour;
Pay point 3 @ $23.45 per hour;
Pay point 4 @ $24.26 per hour;
Pay point 5 @ $26.43 per hour;
Pay point 6 @ $27.37 per hour.
At WDP, many employees are now only receiving the Award rate or little more than the Award rate whereas in 2014 all were above the Award rate – hence our reasoning to secure EBA settlement as soon as possible.
The fight goes on.