BREAKING NEWS - Offer made, Back-pay secured, Union members WIN for EB10
Today we have received a communication from Queensland Health to settle EB10.
This is a significant step forward and wouldn’t have happened without the personal intervention of Minister Miles following union members being prepared to take strike action.
Your delegate Steering Committee have considered the outline of the offer and have given in principle agreement in order to secure the back-pay date to 1 September and the improvements contained within this document.
This offer means NO cuts to conditions, 2.5% annual wage increases, a $1250 ‘sign on’ payment, improvements to employment security for all workers, removing the barrier to locality allowance, finally paying Torres Strait Islander workers allowances, addressing issues for clinical coders and more.
This is the best settlement offer we have seen from government in years and it has been delivered in the month after the agreement expired thanks to the organisation and union action taken by you and the willingness of Minister Miles to step in when union members made the case.
Without union members this offer would have been cuts and 2.5% and nothing more. You have made a huge difference!
While everything in our claim has not been realised, this offer is a significant step forward. This means there will be more work to do over the next 3 years to use these clauses and make our workplaces safer, better and happier places.
Every day you help to keep Queenslanders healthy and your work is crucial to your communities and to the health system. This offer recognises that.
Once we have a proper offer document then we can have a ballot of union members on the offer. So you can have your say directly.
If the ballot is successful then the agreement will go to drafting, after that there will be a full staff ballot and then certification in the QIRC (if the staff ballot is successful).
Importantly, the back-pay and the one-off sign on payment won’t be paid until after certification of the agreement.
We’ll keep you updated