Diagnostic Services underhanded agreement goes to ballot

Posted on
October 24, 2022
Health Services Industry

DSPL opens hostilities with new agreement vote

On Monday 17 October, DSPL opened hostilities by announcing out of the blue that they’re sending an agreement out to vote.

They did not speak to HACSU beforehand and have unilaterally sent a proposal that addresses very few of the issues we’ve raised. In fact, what they’ve proposed will cut several current conditions.

DSPL’s proposed agreement would:

• Cap forced redundancy pay outs at 42 weeks. If you’ve been employed for more than 13 years, that’s an immediate cut to your entitlements. (For example, workers who’ve been at DSPL for 25 years are currently entitled to 78 weeks.) Given DSPL have not flagged any intent to make redundancies, it’s disappointing that they’re trying to take the knife to worker's entitlements.

• Threaten leave entitlements. Weekend night shifts would not count towards getting the 6th week of leave for working night shifts. If you’ve got an IFA saying they do count, DSPL have indicated that they will renege on these and you would lose the entitlement.

• Slash overtime. Workers would only be eligible for overtime if they exceed 8 hours of duty and/or work more than 75 hours a fortnight. Currently they should be paid overtime if they stay back for more than 15 minutes on any length of shift. This is a sneaky change DSPL didn’t raise in negotiations which will mostly affect part-time workers doing short hours.

• Remove grandfathering pre-2008 on hours and patterns of work and redundancies.

Finally, their wages offer is underhanded and amounts to a pay cut when measured against cost of living.

Effectively, DSPL would be stealing wage increases for the first 3 months in order to inflate the 4.6% figure they’re claiming to offer in first year. When you do the math, it comes out at just 3.7% in the first year, then 3% in the second year and the third. With inflation at almost 7%, these “increases” will actually see wages going backwards.

HACSU delegates met on Thursday 20 October and will get in touch with workers again ASAP.

If you have any questions or want more information, please get in touch via HACSUassist.

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

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