Posted by Together Queensland on September 30, 2016
Yesterday we met with Queensland Health representatives and made some positive steps forward.
We discussed the increasing use of temporary employment across the health service.
With the Cairns HHS board overrunning their budget by $80 million, we got an acknowledgement from QH representatives that it is important for QH to strengthen their authority over the HHSs to support appropriate consultation and make sure that the right processes were being followed.
Posted by EB9 Delegates on September 27, 2016
Last night we had an emergency Steering Committee meeting to discuss the “offer” from Queensland Health that Alex emailed about yesterday.
Delegates voted unanimously to the reject the offer and communicate this to Queensland Health negotiators today.
Posted by Together Queensland on September 27, 2016
There is another change plan from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for you to consider.
Posted by Alex Scott on September 26, 2016
Late on Friday evening Queensland Health sent through their first offer for EB9.
The offer is for a 3 year agreement, with 2.5% wage increases each year, and then not much else. You can see the offer here.
It’s not an offer that deals with the big issues members have raised.
Posted by Together Queensland on September 23, 2016
On Wednesday Queensland Health representatives told us that they would not support a claim that guaranteed HPs and DOs access to an accrued day off (ADO) every fortnight.
This means that QH has officially said "NO" in negotiations to our claims around ADOs. They still haven’t provided a response on other flexible hours claims.
This "NO" from QH is not the end of the story.
Posted by Together Queensland on September 22, 2016
We are finally at the last step of our enterprise agreement process to achieve certification and secure back pay to 1 May.
There is now a 2 week period where all QCS employees can review the proposed agreement, followed by a AEC run ballot.
Posted by Together Queensland on September 21, 2016
Yesterday was another mammoth day of negotiations with Queensland Health and for once we have some hard concrete positions to report back to you.
It’s really getting to the pointy end of the process. These positions from Queensland Health won’t change unless we do something to make them change.
We are putting forward all the best arguments but we need you to join us. We need to demonstrate that we all care about the need for change to ensure our important claims move to the "yes" column.
Posted by Together Queensland on September 16, 2016
It is great that today, after several months of talks, we are seeing the 'hows' and 'whens' of the $100,000,000 investment in school support staff starting in 2017.
Posted by Together Queensland on September 15, 2016
We started talking about flexible working hours, transition to retirement and budget transparency in our EB negotiations yesterday.
It is clear that Queensland Health representatives are not jumping to address these problems. It didn’t feel like we made big progress in talks yesterday, so there isn’t too much to report on and definitely nothing solid.
What I do know is that we don’t want to sit back and let this happen over and over and feel like we are stalled.
Posted by Together Queensland on September 14, 2016
Yesterday our negotiations with Queensland Health were cancelled at the last minute because QH negotiators were unwell. We wish them a speedy recovery.
What we need to do as a union now is make sure that our issues cannot be ignored or delayed any more.
The reality is that even if negotiations were on yesterday, I am not sure we would have really cut through. QH will continue to go through the motions and say "no" or "maybe" unless we give them a reason to sit up and listen.
I've been involved in many agreement negotiations as a delegate. If there is one thing I have learned it's that our arguments are good but our actions speak more clearly.
That's why we are considering asking you to vote on industrial action in the next few weeks. So are you up for it? What would you do to get QH to listen to us?