We met with Jade Phelan and the consultant Zev Costi last Thursday to start the bargaining process and, as we’re all aware of the global situation, it was no surprise to hear Tas IVF using it as a reason to only staff 1.5% per year over 4 years. To add injury to that insult, they’re not prepared to give any back pay, so the earliest members would get that 1.5% is February next year instead of July this year!
Virtus rejected just about everything in members' log of claims:
- No reduction in current conditions - Agreed
- 3-year agreement - NO, offered 4 years
- 3.5% each year (back pay first year) - 1.5% with no back pay
- Higher duties allowance - YES? To be discussed
- Higher duties/In charge allowance/Scientific Director cover - NO
- Travel allowance - NO
- Compassionate leave up from 3 days to 5 days - NO
- Long service leave accrual based on how you work – NO, but will have a further discussion on Pro Rata after 7 years
- On call, holiday closures and emergency call-ins - NO
- All hours worked at new pay point to be paid - YES
- Annual leave to be utilised for practice shutdowns - Advised further discussion needed
- Annual leave to increase to 5 weeks - NO
- Union representation paid 5 days leave for training per calendar year - NO
- Personal leave (default HACSU PL clause to be included) - NO
- Pandemic leave (default HACSU PL clause to be included) - NO
Thank you to Matt and Kerry for being the bargaining reps and for keeping Virtus accountable for their highly disappointing approach to the log of claims.
We’ll meet with members before the next bargaining meeting to discuss our response and where to from here.