Here’s your latest update on the Dementia Australia (DA) bargaining campaign and HACSU and VAHPA’s draft enterprise agreement recommendations.
Wording for clauses
VAHPA gave DA wording for clauses on employee disciplinary procedures, family& domestic violence leave, workload & staffing and study leave vs professional development leave (explaining the difference between the two).DA will consider these and will try and provide an updated draft agreement for the next meeting, with consideration given to all clauses discussed to date.
Professional development leave in the new EA
There was much discussion about whether DA mandatory training on issues such as OHS, infection control and privacy should be part of professional development leave entitlement. We believe these leave entitlements shouldn’t be used for mandatory organisational training, but should better reflect the individual needs of employees, so we’ll push for a more employee-centred PD leave entitlement.
Costings of claims
DA presented a revised costing of claims and we’ll consider these figures.
Leave for emergency relief volunteers
The likely cost of providing emergency relief leave for emergency relief volunteers was discussed and VAHPA and VAHPA delegates said this benefit was an important community service, with minimal cost, that should be maintained in the new EA. Further discussion is likely to occur, so please send us your feedback if you have a view on this.
Log of claims
No further discussion was regarding the HACSU/VAHPA log of claims, but we expect this will happen after the updated copy of the draft EA is received at the next meeting.
Benchmarking of pay rates
DA acknowledged the accuracy of the benchmarking pay rates provided by VAHPA at the last bargaining meeting and agreed to develop employee pay tables for discussion at the next meeting. We hope the many hours of work on this done by VAHPA Industrial Officer Tom Fooks will facilitate discussions about pay rate increases at future meetings.
The ball is well and truly in Dementia Australia's court, and we look forward to receiving the updated draft EA and the proposed employee pay rates that should allow discussions of some meatier topics at the bargaining table sooner rather than later.
We’ll update you again after our next meeting scheduled for 12 July.