The certified agreement for Queensland Health AO, TO, PO and OOs expires at the end of August. This means that we have the opportunity to negotiate better working conditions and wages for the next threes years in the coming weeks. We call this collective bargaining, you can find out how collective bargaining works here.
One of the major issues we have this year is overall health funding and the cuts to the federal health budget proposed by Abbott and Turnbull governments. The federal election result makes these cuts a reality. The Queensland state budget also announced a cap on staffing numbers in health, based on population rather than need. These budget decisions will have a significant impact on all of us.
We can fight these budget measures in two main ways: We can campaign at state and federal levels to convince governments to reverse these decisions; and we can undertake industrial campaigns to protect members' jobs and the community with strong clauses in our agreements about employment security, workload management and budget consultation and transparency.You can see our draft log of claims here.
There are three important things you can do right now to ensure you and your colleagues get a fair deal in the negotiations:
- Sign up to get involved in your workplace. If we want to win improved conditions and wages, we need members who are willing to be active in their workplaces.
- We know we are stronger together so ask your colleagues to join you as a member of Together. You can send them this link.
- Update your details so we can make sure you are getting all the right information. If you don't have an account, click "forgot password" and follow the prompts.