HPDO: Your offer from the DG

Posted on November 10, 2016

Late yesterday I received a formal "offer" to form a certified agreement to govern your wages and conditions for the next 3 years.

Together HPDO campaign

You can see the letter from the Director General here.

The offer is what we expected a first offer would be. It outlines a 3 year agreement with a 2.5% pay rise.

The offer talks about using existing policies to address the significant issues around insecure employment that exist for hundreds of HPs and DOs. These policies have not been working to date and there needs to be change.

Further, the offer does not address many of the important matters you as union members have raised – including many non-cost items that Queensland Health could undertake to build a better health system without costing anyone more money.

This offer does not address:

  • Workload management.
    • Members are experiencing significant issues around backfilling both leave and vacancies
  • Improving job security and facilitating temporary to permanent conversions.
    • We are just weeks away from better legislation to facilitate this with government and this offer does not reflect the government policy.
  • Mandating consultation from Boards with relevant staff about the decisions they make that impact staff.
    • Right now members in Cairns are dealing with the impact of Board decision making and are likely facing job losses because of it.
  • Having staff from the relevant discipline be part of selection panels for roles.
  • Nothing about professional development leave, access to training or higher education incentives
  • The Public Sector Staffing Cap.
    • The Government policy of capping the total number of public sector workers has not been addressed. QH should not be subject to this cap. With legislation guaranteeing nurse to patient ratios, a staffing cap will mean cuts in other areas.  

It is also concerning that the “reviews” outlined in this offer are not time-bound and would have no funds associated with them. In our experience, this render them meaningless. Commissioning a review like this is a tactic used by QH as an effort to simply note the issue but not act to fix it.

I would like to commend the efforts of your colleagues who are union delegates who have been tireless in undertaking negotiations with QH, keeping members informed and steering our campaign to date.

My recommendation to you is that you should not accept this offer as it is based on the lack of serious substance and the ability for you to follow other public sector workers like teachers, police and nurses who have all stood together and secured better deals this year.

In saying this, I acknowledge that you and your colleagues need time to consider the offer that has been given to you. I will be seeking an extension on the time frames proposed so that you and all members have the opportunity to make the right decision for you.

Queensland Health can do better.

Please have your say at your local union meeting, lodge a protected action ballot and come to a protest meeting this month.

Together, we can see real improvements for the next 3 years.

P.S. To secure a better offer, we need strength in numbers. Ask your colleagues to join you as a member of Together today.

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