Update on negotiations around Heads of Agreement to deal with the Health Payroll crisis aftermath

Posted October 9, 2011 by Alex Scott

As part of the aftermath of the Health Payroll debacle unions entered into discussions with Queensland Health around managing any action to deal with underpayments and overpayments of staff.

A Heads of Agreement was discussed that included the following positive five initiatives:

1. A moratorium on recovery of overpayments

2. Increased focus on underpayments

3. Appointment of external Workplace Ombudsman

4. More support for line managers

5. New pay adjustment arrangements and pilot of new pay cycle arrangements.

A sticking point for members was a proposal by Queensland Health to automatically recover future overpayments. This was rejected by members.

A new proposal has been put where overpayments can only be recovered in the following circumstances:

  • no overpayment recovery will take place until the relevant staff member prior has been given constructive notice of the intention to commence recovering an overpayment;
  • each staff member will be given opportunity (at least two weeks after the notice is issued) to query or halt the recovery of a prior overpayment before the recovery commences;
  • no recovery under this clause will commence or continue after an employee has exercised the opportunity in ii(b) above, until such time as the employee consents or the dispute is resolved.

This offer will be considered by Health delegates before going out to members for any formal endorsement. A copy of the document can be found here, if you have any comments please email health@together.org.au.

 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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