Bargaining Begins for Health Members

United Voice members working in public hospitals have begun negotiations for their new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

Members elected a bargaining committee of their fellow workers to represent them at negotiations and to commit to being a strong voice and fighting for all United Voice members.

The Log of Claims voted on by members, asks for a liveable wage, with a $50 wage increase per week, job security and permanency for casuals.

United Voice member Arinic started as a casual employee seven years ago.

“I fought hard to become a permanent employee and now I am so grateful because I am the sole breadwinner for my family,’ she said.

“You never know what the future holds, so I think it’s important to know your rights and that you deserve a secure job.

“Casual work is tough, they can send you home early even if you need the money and you never know when your next shift is, that really hurts workers.

“Well trained and permanent staff are vital for public hospitals to function properly.”

Arinic says safeguarding penalty rates is also an important part of this years bargaining.

“We all need to work together to secure penalty rates for support staff.

“My penalties pay most of our bills. Without penalty rates my family would struggle to survive.

“Every day we help make people well, I am proud of the work we do.”

Your United Voice Bargaining Team has met twice with Department of Health representatives and recently received the Government’s first bargaining offer.

This offer seeks to remove the clause that protects government jobs from further privatisation.

The department’s wage offer is 2.25%, 2.5% and 2.5% over three years; this doesn’t even keep up with the cost of living.

United Voice health members are determined to stand together and fight to maintain their wages and conditions.

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