In the last fortnight HACSU and other health unions have been approached by the Department of Health to discuss arrangements for Tasmanian health workers to be deployed to help our Victorian comrades facing their COVID-19 crisis.
The department has developed a comprehensive deployment plan with us and has sought volunteers who can be released from their current roles without jeopardising our health services and deployed in teams of 9, working primarily in Victorian aged care facilities.
Each team of 6 nurses, a clinical coordinator, a health forward commander and a health logistics officer will be deployed for 14 days and then spend 14 days in a quarantine hotel when they return to Tasmania, and they’ll be paid throughout the quarantine period.
In recognition of the hardship of such arrangements, a deployment loading of 60% on all hours will apply from the time the workers leave for Victoria unti lthe end of their quarantine period.
Victoria needs our help, so we need to formalise these arrangements fast. The plan is a living document that the parties can review and update as we learn from experiences, but to pay the deployment allowance, we must register the agreement in the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.
We’d normally have a detailed consultation process with members, but we need to be ready to register this agreement as soon as possible, so must shorten that process.
Subject to feedback from members, we intend to support the registration of this agreement. If you have questions or feedback please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 880 032.