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13 July update

Posted by Alex Scott on July 13, 2012

After months of negotiations failing to deliver any reasonable discussion with Queensland Health, Together filed an application in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission for assistance to help make an agreement.

This matter was heard on Tuesday, 3 July. In this hearing, the Public Service Commission and Queensland Health stated that the offer put to Together Delegates in June was not a “take it or leave it” position, and that all matters were on the table for genuine negotiation.

In an attempt to move forward in this process we have agreed to intensive weekly negotiations for the next three weeksbefore reporting back to the Commission at the end of July.  The first of these negotiations was held over 5 hours on Wednesday 11 July.   

We had the first indications at this meeting that Queensland Health may be allowed to show some flexibility on matters they had previously stated were not negotiable. However it is not clear how far these will go and what concessions will be expected in return.

The next couple of weeks will be crucial in determining what kind of outcome is possible without arbitration of the agreement. 

It is very important that you encourage your colleagues to join the union if they want to have a say in the direction of the agreement. 

To join the union, for more information, or to have your say please contact health@together.org.au or 1800 177 244.