Time to act on wages and conditions: Mater

Posted October 23, 2014 by Dan Goldman

I am writing to you today because it is a key moment in negotiations at the Mater for all HPs.

As Secretary of our Union, I know how hard HPs have fought to be recognised, to be fairly paid and to have good conditions of employment that provide the best possible patient care.

I am keenly aware that HP wages and conditions are under attack across both the Mater and Queensland Health. I know members are fighting back.

I am keenly aware that HP wages and conditions are under attack across both the Mater and Queensland Health. I know members are fighting back.

On Tuesday the Mater gave your delegates a new wage offer seeking your feedback by today. This offer was no better overall than the previous one – simply offsetting PD leave against wages.

Two meetings have been held, open to all HPs, since Tuesday’s meeting and members who attended have been talking to as many of you and your colleagues as they can.

Feedback from members is that this new offer does not change how you feel about the offer from management overall. You say the wage offer does not change the overall remuneration, and that the other elements of the offer such as cutting job security, maternity leave and changes to hours of work are still unacceptable. 

In response to this feedback, the Mater have closed negotiations with you and are putting their offer out to a ballot all HPs.

The Mater also let slip that they are intending to put pressure on HPs to vote for this terrible agreement by threatening your back-pay. This is the Mater putting their hands in your pockets and taking away pay increases which you have already earned, for work you have already done. 

The Mater communications to staff are not providing the facts on this offer and what you are going to lose. Make sure your colleagues know what is at stake and can join you in your union and take action to get a better offer.

Members are discussing action to improve the offer from Mater including a concerted “vote no” campaign, as well as collective and industrial action.

There will be another meeting on Tuesday at midday for members to make decisions about these actions.

Please attend and bring at least one colleague to find out more.

Date: Tuesday, 28 October
Time: 12 Midday
Room: Mater Children’s Hospital, Room 3.1 on Level 3.    

Alex Scott

Secretary - Together

 


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