EB10 Offer Update - Nearly there

Posted on October 1, 2019

Late in to last night we were negotiating with Queensland Health and central agencies seeking to have some additional matters included in the offer, without jeopardising back-pay.

We have just now had confirmation of the advice that: should in-principle agreement be reached on or before Friday 04 October 2019 Queensland Health would be supportive of including the preservation of the 1 September operative date as part of the final settlement package that will be presented to CBRC for approval. 

This means we have a little bit more time! But not much.

Together delegates John Conlan, Rodney Crowe and I met with Minister Miles and Director General John Wakefield following the initial offer being presented. In that meeting some further commitments were made about improving employment security in line with opportunities from the McGowan Review and other claims. This was an important meeting and it was great to see the Minister and Director General placing key importance on the issues you were raising.

Together members and delegates have done an incredible job and took action early to ensure your claims were heard loud and clear.

I hope to be able to share with you a revised offer document soon, with some additional items agreed by Queensland Health last night.

I want to thank your Steering Committee delegates. They are members like you who in addition to their day jobs have worked tirelessly to secure this offer, attending negotiations, (so many) union teleconferences and meetings. It is the work of these delegates in negotiations and steering the campaign that has led to the most positive offer we have seen in the bargaining rounds for many years

What happens now?

Once we receive the updated offer delegates will consider it and will be able to provide in-principle agreement if possible and then there will be a ballot of all union members on the offer run by Together.

After the union ballot, the agreement is fully ‘drafted’ (written up in the formal language rather than the offer style letter) - this carries over all of your existing conditions and there will be many clauses in the proposed agreement that are already in your agreement - thanks to your efforts there will be no cuts to conditions!

Once there is a fully drafted agreement there will be an all staff ballot.

After that staff ballot, if it is successful, then the agreement will be certified.

After certification is when the $1250 and back-pay is paid and when the new clauses become reality.

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