Hospital Support Workers Bargaining Wins



United Voice, the Health Union, is pleased to announce the approval of the new Hospital Support Workers Industrial Agreement.


Hospital Support Workers, from multiple hospitals, spent months bargaining with the Department of Health and secured some great wins, including protecting jobs and preventing privatisation.

Through their hard work and effort, we are excited to share with you some of the major wins.

  • No Privatisation:
    The Department is unable to contract out any work currently done by support workers who have been employed under the Department.
  • Contracts Back in House:
    The employer will review all tender arrangements leading up to their expiry and identify opportunities to return the delivery of those services to the Employer to be carried out by directly employed workers where it is economically viable to do so.
  • Paid Domestic Violence Leave:
    Ten days of Paid Domestic Violence Leave is now available, with an additional two days of unpaid leave available on each occasion.

  • Commitment to permanent employment:
    The Agreement also now ensures permanent employment is preferred the form of engagement.

  • Back pay:
    Furthermore, members will start to receive back pay from the period commencing 5 August 2017, depending on their pay cycle being Alesco or Lattice.

    Members who are in the Alesco will start to see their back pay roll out 16 November and members under the Lattice structure will see their back pay roll out 14 December.

These wins are a significant achievement to Support Workers.          

Rob, a delegate of two years said it was a hard fight but got easier towards the end.

“It was tough to begin with, but in the end the Department saw it was beneficial to get what Support Workers were asking for
 
“All Support Workers want to do is look after Western Australians the best way they can and provide the best health care possible,” said Rob.

Support Worker delegates stood together United and won big!