This week we wrote to AT to initiate a dispute about their plans to introduce a CERT at Sorell and Huonville stations.
We received a change management plan to tell us that this was being implemented and when it would take effect.
A key requirement of consultation is to consider responses and modify the decision before implementation. Nobody believes there is a genuine chance they will modify this decision, given start dates are clearly stated. This is a clear breach of the consultation requirements of the Award.
Whilst we understand this is a government decision, the consultation process must still stand.
To be clear, HACSU does not support career paramedics working with volunteers at the same station. We have a classification that works with volunteers. They are BSOs and there is a specific SOD and selection process for the BSO role.
We have many concerns about this role change at Sorell and Huonville. It’s ourview that, like what has happened at New Norfolk, career paramedics will spend more time doing urban work and being ramped at the RHH. This of course makes response times in their regional locations much worse.
Cynically, the CERT model is a clock-stopper when paramedic resources aren’t available. They should not be co-located with career crews, and we have suggested reasonable alternate locations for the CERTs.
We welcome feedback from you about this or any other issue. As always, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 1300 880 032.