At Monday’s bargaining meeting HACSU and the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association submitted a joint log of claims - our wish list - that includes asking for no reductions to the current Victorian EBA as it’s better than the SCHADs award most Tasmanian staff work under.
The many claims in the ‘pending’ category show that Dementia Australia isn’t either a firm yes or no, which isn’t unusual at this stage with items moving between various columns as discussions progress.
Apart from our last claim item, covering five elements mostly related to technical aspects of the agreement, there’s only one other item agreed to by your employer so far.
Many of the other claims have been costed by DA as to current and future expenditure and they say the combined log of claims items would be 15% of payroll costs versus the current 2% they say their first draft contains.
We only recently got this breakdown so are still examining it and will need more detail and clarification on certain elements, but Dementia Australia has suggested the next part of the process involves, "prioritisation of claims with cost implications required by committee members".
HACSU and VAHPA certainly won’t be suggesting members start de-prioritising items until we’ve had a response from DA that fills out detail and addresses our uncertainties as this would be akin to bidding against ourselves!
We’ll update you after our next meeting.