Yesterday in the Tasmanian Industrial Commission there was an agreement to move beyond the current impasse around the HDU camera.
In an extraordinary line of argument, the employer suggested the change has zero impact on safety, but we held the line that consultation was lacking and THS had breached the award.
The Commission didn’t issue orders, but the President was very clear that consultation hasn’t been adequate, that a change proposal is required, and that staff and union feedback must be thoroughly considered before implementing change.
The outcome by consensus is that bedroom vision will be restored to the HDU nurses’ station effective Monday 26 October so, in the spirit of cooperation, industrial bans imposed by members will be withdrawn at the commencement of the morning/day shift on that day.
Sadly, we have real concerns this new consultation period will be nothing more than tokenistic, and MHS will attempt to drive this change through as a ‘management prerogative’ decision – therefore the applications have been held open (on file) by the President so we can continue with the original applications in the TIC if it comes to that.
This all proves that when members stand together change is achieved, and we thank those who helped us make witness statements in preparation for yesterday’s conference.
Members who'd like to contribute towards the consultation about the yet-to-exist THS change proposal can contact us on 1300 880 032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.