Ambulance news

Posted on
March 3, 2021

Travel Allowance Dispute remains unsolved.

You may have been aware that last month, TA claims were withdrawn for all travel that did not involve overnight stays away from home, even including night shifts away from your home station.

We advised you that if you’re tasked elsewhere, you should insist that you start and finish at your home station within work time and travel in a work vehicle.

We also told AT management that we are in dispute, but it appears they don't care about that and have widely ignored us and our advice to members - they are simply not paying TA.

Yesterday your HACSU Ambulance Employees Sub-branch (AESB) Executive passed the following motion for members:

The AESB Executive disputes that members can be rostered away from their home station without specific approval of said member. If there is no specific agreement in place, then members should not accept work at a new location.

If tasked or dispatched away from their normal place of work (within their normal shift), members should expect all travel to and from the other location to occur within their nominal rostered shift without an expectation to work additional hours.

The law is clear, travel for work purposes should happen inside work hours and that travel should be only undertaken in a supplied work vehicle.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us.

Remember: if we all stick together, we will win this fight.

Right now, AT has decided that leaving stations and regions vacant is preferable to paying reasonable and justified TA claims. It's not an individual member’s fault that a station is uncovered - AT is accountable for that.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form