Posted on
March 23, 2021

No surprise in the offer.

We met with Healthscope today and here's what they put on the table.
We immediately gave them the feedback shown in italics, but we’re a member-driven union so we want to hear, and will be guided by, your thoughts on the offer.

  • Classification structure expanded to include AINs - We welcome AINs, but obviously not in place of direct nursing hours, there needs to be transparency about establishment and what happens when acuity of patients is above expected norms.
  • Reconvene the Workload Consultative Committee to meet as required 4 times a year - The committee must achieve things, not just simply be an agitation denial process.
  • Rosters published 14 days in advance. Examine rostering practices that affect employee’s ability to take breaks and train managers how to roster to ensure this happens - We welcome roster improvements including the ability to better accommodate requests. They need effective break management practices, particularly focusing on theatre and ward where, culturally, breaks aren’t taken.
  • Ability for casuals to convert to permanent employment.
  • Part time employment provision expanded so employees can be engaged on different contracted part time hours during school holiday periods - The part time contractual arrangements may work, but the devil will be in the detail.
  • Wage increases of 1.5% from 1 Jan 2021, 1.5%, from 1 Jan 2022, backpay from 1 Jan 2021 with increased rates to apply to all allowances - The wage offer is insufficient, the superannuation changes either need to be entrenched in the EBA as defined increases or as increased pay if the law does change.

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