HPDOCA Protected Action Ballot

Posted on October 14, 2019

We have been in negotiation with Queensland Health since June this year. There have been hundreds of hours of negotiations however, despite the best efforts of your colleagues at the table, it is clear we need to threaten industrial action to show Health we are serious.

That is why this email contains your ballot for industrial action in the form of stop works.

Here is a fact sheet about protected industrial action.

The first step is a ballot. This does not mean we will enact all these options. We encourage all members to vote YES to all questions to send a strong message.

There is only one more negotiation meeting remaining before your Agreement expires and Queensland Health has not placed an offer on the table.

Queensland Health has rejected a large number of members' important claims, and your delegates have been given strong signals by the employer that more of your critical claims will be refused.

This shows a lack of respect by Queensland Health for members' and the issues you deem important in your workplace.

If we want a good deal with improved conditions and no cuts, HPs, DOs and CAs must be ready to take action just like your colleagues in EB10. When your colleagues threatened stop work action Queensland Health came to the table with a better deal.

As part of the current campaign for a fair pay offer and for improved conditions in your new HPDOCA collective agreement, delegates have decided to commence a state-wide Protected Action Ballot of HPDOCA members employed in Queensland Health on the following actions:

  1. Do you support work stoppages of up to one hour's duration?
  2. Do you support work stoppages of up to two hours' duration?
  3. Do you support work stoppages of up to four hours' duration?
  4. Do you support work stoppages of up to eight hours' duration?

If members support these proposed actions, the timing of the individual actions would be determined by members and delegates.

To take part in this Protected Action Ballot please use the online ballot form available here.

The Together office will also be calling members over the next couple of days.

This ballot is open until 3.30pm on Friday 18 October. You will be advised of the results of the ballot after this date.

If you are concerned that you did not receive a ballot email when you are eligible for a ballot, you can email pab@together.org.au before the closing date of the ballot.

Right now, you should encourage other union members to vote for the actions and encourage your non-union member colleagues to join so they can take part in the action to send a stronger message. If your colleagues aren’t members now, they can't vote to act, and they won’t be protected if they do take action. They need to join you as a member right now.

A lot is at stake in this agreement. Vote today!

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