Mersey DEM changes

Posted on
April 1, 2020
Public Sector

The Mersey Community Hospital's Emergency Department will be operating from 8am – 10pm only from tonight as part of THS’s COVID-19 response plan.

While things are moving very fast as we respond to the pandemic, we know that this has been brewing for some time but THS has refused to talk to workers about it until the 11th hour. This is extremely disappointing and, to say the least, completely and utterly counterproductive.

The rumour mill has been running hot for some time now when it comes to DEM (and other) changes and what they will mean for workers' jobs and lives. We’ve put it to the Exec on Level 2 a number of times over the last week to try and get some specific answers so workers can plan their lives accordingly. But they’ve been tight lipped, preferring to rely on vague hints rather than actually fill us in on changes that are going to be impacting workers on the floor.

Last night we spoke to Karen Linegar who confirmed that as a result of these changes, and as per the last update about the Mersey more broadly, they will be relying on voluntary redeployment. There have been sufficient volunteers to ensure coverage at both sites.

We’re also aware there are some meetings today to talk about the impact of these changes. It’s too little, too late. These changes have been coming for a while and workers should have been told of plans as they develop.

Our Assistant Secretary has driven up from Hobart to hear your concerns, we will be near the Rose Gardens car park from 10 – 12 today (maintaining all necessary social distancing/group size requirements).

We’re also taking this up with Eric Daniels, THS boss for the entire North, as we speak.

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

Public Sector