Private health newsletter

Posted on
September 15, 2022
Health Services Industry

Your sector update.

Healthscope at it again

We’re currently back at the table in negotiations with Healthscope for the Non-Nurses Agreement. It was long overdue, and it was only due to the actions Healthscope workers took that got them there.

Earlier this year, the Nurses Agreement was finally signed off by nursing members after 12 months of industrial action that saw Healthscope concede and put in place clinical workload meetings to address the unsafe work conditions of staff. This was a big win by the nursing staff who stood together and showed what can be achieved when we all work together and put pressure on your employer.

Like all of us, Healthscope workers have worked hard for a long overdue pay rise to keep up with inflation and should not see their conditions sliding backwards.

If you want more information about negotiations with Healthscope, please contact us by or by phoning 1300 880 032.

DSPL’s wage offer of half the inflation rate sucks

With CPI currently sitting around 6.5% and predicted to surpass 7%, DSPL’s proposed annual wage increases of 4.6%, 3% and 3% are sorely lacking.

Many workers already lurch from pay to pay, and with everyday costs shooting up, the future isn’t a rosy picture. But DSPL reckon their offer is fair – that’s how out of touch they are. There appears to be no back pay, so DSPL have saved while staff are suffering, and while they try to say the parent company doesn’t fund DSPL, there’s no suggestion DSPL hasn’t had 2 extremely profitable years – because they have.

Another major concern is DSPL’s intention to remove the current grandfathering provisions in the agreement, which would see a substantial number of DSPL employees suffer major losses to terms and conditions.

These conditions are only ever in agreements because staff have previously traded away other rights to maintain them. DSPL now try to frame the grandfathering provisions as inequality between staff rather than a reward for the loyalty of employees’ long-term service to the company.

It’s sad to see DSPL pitting workers against each other to try and get a positive vote. Nobody should be comfortable seeing colleagues lose rights and money, whatever the situation, and next time it might be your rights being voted away.

We’re encouraging all DSPL members to Vote NO if the employer refuse to change their position.


Healthe Care offers a real wage cut to workers

It’s apparent that Healthe Care are drastically out of touch with the ever-increasing costs of living when they offered wage increases of 2.75% and 2.5% in a 2-year agreement.

Workers have been there, on the frontline, working double shifts, endangering their health throughout the pandemic, and it’s time that was recognised. It’s good to get a pat on the back and a “thanks for helping”, but thanks don’t pay the bills!

With many government subsidies now about to expire, such as the fuel excise, coupled with drastic increases on groceries and utility bills on the cards, wage increases of 2.75% and 2.5% are contemptuous.

To accept a wage offer that’s less than half of inflation is to accept a wage cut in real terms, and who votes in favour of increasing their own financial stress?

Workers need to Vote NO to offers like this to send a clear message that this isn’t acceptable. Health workers have done the hard yards, and it’s time you were all rewarded with a real pay rise.


The Work Shouldn’t Hurt survey is back and your input is critical

The annual Work Shouldn’t Hurt survey looks into the health and safety challenges workers are facing.

The 30,000 responses collected last year were critical to winning stronger health and safety laws and rights for workers, but there is much more to be done.

That’s why we need to hear from you. Your feedback helps us tell the government what workers need for a safer working environment.

Take the survey here

Every voice counts.

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

Health Services Industry