Since the beginning of this year, we have consulted extensively with members, meetings at all major metro sites, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Esperance, as well as a conference call with other WACHS members. Our EBA survey had nearly 1,000 responses (up from about 600 in 2016). Our goal is to reach an agreement before June 30, 2018. This new agreement, including wage increases, was accepted by a vote of members in July. The agreement applies to all staff members who are covered by them and your support has been essential to its realization. Perhaps you would like to invite one of your colleagues who are not yet members to join us. An application form is available here. Dan Hill Secretary September 8, 2016 The new WA Health – HSUWA – PACTS – Industrial Agreement 2016 was registered by the WA Industrial Relations Commission on Thursday, September 8, 2016. You can find a copy of the agreement here and a salary leaflet here. The union has negotiated with the Ministry of Health a new company agreement based on the protocol of demands approved at the Reps conference at Perth Zoo on April 7, see here.
I am pleased to inform you that on Friday, June 24, we received an offer to improve wages and health conditions. The offer was reviewed by the union`s board of directors on June 29, 2016. In principle, the Committee accepted the offer subject to the approval of the members by electronic vote. I decided it was a good idea to wait until after the turmoil of the federal election to communicate the offer to members. The proposed salary increases are 1.5% from 1 July 2016 and 1.5% from 1 July 2017, subject to the adoption of a vote by MEPs. This is in line with the wage policy of the Land Government. The offer applies to a two-year contract that expires on June 30, 2018 and the draft salary plan is available here. In addition to wage increases, there are new rules on job security and work management. These themes were identified as very important by workplace and member survey representatives. Here you will find a summary of the other improvements contained in the offer. There will be a series of working meetings in the metro area and a conference call with members of the country, details are available here. There will be an electronic vote of MEPs, which will take place in two stages:1.
You will receive a first email explaining the terms of the proposed agreement, taking into account the consequences of a “yes” or “no” vote and making a recommendation to MPs. This way, you will also know when you should rely on receiving the ballot and the deadline for the vote.2. A messaging newsletter is sent to members. Please note that if you cannot open the links in this email, you must contact the union at email@example.com or 9328 5155 to request a paper ballot sent to your original address. Members who have not provided an email address to the union or who are already on our mailing list will receive paper ballots. If you receive an electronic ballot and are unable to vote, we will send you a paper ballot. There is some additional information about the process from here that covers what will happen after the vote closes, see here. You can of course contact the union office at 9328 5155 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss the offer and its implications for you. Thank you for your constant support, I hope to see many of you at meetings or talk to you at the country`s conference call. . .