We met with negotiators again today to attempt finalise negotiations on conditions matters relating to the AHP agreement.
We've made some progress on conditions such as career progression, career structure and the amount of funding available for professional development however none of these matters have been finally agreed.
But – and it’s a big but – we don’t have an offer on wages for allied health professionals that is anywhere near acceptable. The government’s current offer does nothing to address the ongoing recruitment and retention issues and puts more cost-of-living pressure on workers.
The other disappointment is that we need to report the progress of negotiations to the Head of the State Service on Tuesday next week. At this stage, we have no choice but to report we are nowhere near reaching an agreement.
We need to discuss with members where things are at and what our next steps should be. We have negotiated in good faith based on a request by the Government.
We’re having mass meetings with all members across the state next week and it’s vital that they get there to have their say about what we do next.
It’s time for the government to recognise the true value of allied health professionals. They need to demonstrate the respect and support workers deserve by giving them a fair wage offer. For more info, please contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org