UMail Health Edition - January 2012

Posted January 27, 2012 by Alex Scott

In this update for members of Together in Health: Restructure of Queensland Health | Bank payroll error | HP Reviews | EB8 employer ballot | National Health Reform Transition Award

Restructure of Queensland Health

The government has proposed that workers have just two days next week to have a say on the restructure of Queensland Health.

That is why your union's representatives have asked for the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) to pause this process so that workers, the people who deliver world-class health services every day, have a full opportunity to have a say on these changes.

Even as the government says that this is the "biggest reform to affect Queensland Health in a generation", there is still only a short time proposed for union members to give formal feedback.

On 20 January the Premier said that the department would be restructured within 100 days after the next election. Now the government is proposing to rush the restructure through now before the caretaker convention applies.

We will be updating members on what happens over the next few days. In the meantime if you have any questions or feedback on the proposal please email health@together.org.au

You can see some of the coverage in the media related to this announcement at the following links:

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Bank payroll error

The Commonwealth Bank advised Queensland Health on Wednesday that an error has led to many workers in Queensland Health not receiving their pay.

The Commonwealth Bank has accepted responsibility for the error and is working quickly to resolve it.

Advice from the bank is that some pays have already been corrected.

In the meantime, members who urgently need interim or cash payment should contact their line manager, their local pay office or telephone the Queensland Health payroll hotline (1800 239 074) for assistance.

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HP Reviews

On 1 December 2011 a full bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) adjourned the matter of setting down the process and parameters for reviews of HP classifications dating from the previous HP collective agreement (HP EB1).

However, the full bench stated that individual cases could be heard by the QIRC.

As a result of this statement, Health Council delegates met to consider the best options for progression for members that have made application to undertake a review.

Health Council delegates wanted to ensure the best possible outcome for all members concerned and as a result a project officer will be starting to work on these cases to take through to the QIRC on an individual basis.

This will be a huge exercise, with over 140 applicants. All individual applicants will be further updated on this process next week via email.

We will have a dedicated project officer to assist with this process commencing next week.

Please note the application process for reviews is now closed. if you have any questions please email hp@together.org.au

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EB8 employer ballot

Following the conclusion of the EB8 Stronger Together campaign for a new collective agreement, Queensland Health is preparing to ballot all employees on the proposed draft agreement.

The employer ballot will be held between 16 February and 8 March.

It is important that all union members vote in the employer ballot to ensure that the agreement can progress to certification and back-pay can be delivered on time.

If you have any questions about the conduct of the employer ballot you can email Queensland Health management on eb@health.qld.gov.au.

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National Health Reform Transition Award

As part of the settlement of the EB8 collective agreement, Queensland Health committed to the development of such a "Transition Award" that will address a number of concerns that union members have raised. These include:

  • Job security;
  • Contracting in and out;
  • Union encouragement policy;
  • Union delegate rights;
  • Organisational change and consultation;
  • Collective industrial relations;
  • Consultative forums;
  • Grievance and dispute resolution;
  • Preservation of Queensland Health and public sector directives; and
  • Replacement of existing staff.

On Friday 20 January the other unions involved, QNU and AWU lodged an application to consent to the transitional Award in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) and a hearing was conducted on Monday January 23.

The Commission has made a directive that the parties continue to meet and work on drafting the Award with a report back scheduled for the 14th of February.

Once the drafting of the document is finalised, Together Council delegates will consider the proposed Award before reporting back to the QIRC.

 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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