Update: 10 August 2013

Posted by dangoldman on August 10, 2013

Dear members,

Your representatives have met again with management in negotiations for your new enterprise agreement. Your representatives responded based on our advice in the last update. 

Shift penalties on annual leave   

ASU: ASU members are prepared to consider this proposal in conjunction with a consideration of the quantum of the package. Members seek for some costing analysis to be provided in relation to an "average" shift and the maximum possible penalty calculation and recognise that there are cost benefits to the employer from both the decrease in payment s as well as administrative costs.

MPH: Will provide costings next meeting for further discussion.

Qualification allowance 

ASU: Members are interested in the allowance and will consider it in the context of the quantum of the package. Members note that the Mater Public admin agreement contains qualifications allowances of up to approx. $57 per fortnight.

MPH: This allowance applies immediately and there is not a requirement to be at top of the pay level as there is in the public agreement.

This item has now been agreed in principle. This means it will go into the new agreement (if everyone is happy with the drafting of the clause and if a vote of all staff about the proposed agreement is successful).

Long Service Leave:

ASU: While ASU members acknowledge that the purpose of annual leave is to ensure that employees can have regular breaks from work, long service leave has a very different purpose. The purpose of long service leave according to the AIRC (now FWC) is to provide employees with an extended leave of absence in order to renew their energies; to reward long and faithful service with an employer; and to reduce labour turnover. While their needs to be a balance, these purposes are not generally served by employees using long service leave regularly, and certainly not die to operational convenience for the employer. Therefore ASU member do not consider it appropriate for long service leave to be directed by management. 

MPH: There are employees with very high balances and we would only seek for employees to take leave where this is the case and there is not a particular reason leave is being “saved up”, the intention was to draft a clause with protection for people being able to accrue leave to reasonable amounts and not be directed to take leave regularly but only in certain circumstances. There needs to be a balance.

ASU representatives agreed to consider the specifics of a clause.

Carers leave and overtime 

These clauses have been agreed in principle. 

Member claims 

In relation to your claims ASU representatives have sought for costings to be provided so you can consider your priorities for claims. MPH have agreed to increase the minimum roster notice to 2 weeks and ASU representatives have suggests that the clause also is worded to encourage greater notice as preferable.

Your representatives have also agreed to provide more detail around what members wish to improve about transfer processes so if you have any feedback please provide ASAP.  

Next meeting 

The next meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, please send any feedback to health@together.org.au



Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together Queensland.
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