Huge week at Mater
The past week at the Mater has been BIG.
In case you missed it, here is what has happened:
Medical Imaging – Outsourcing
Mater has made a decision to outsource the role of medical imaging to Queensland X-Ray. Yesterday we held a meeting with union members and staff impacted by this decision. Here is what members and staff told us:
- Mater had been reviewing the department over the last 3 months without advising staff that this was occurring.
- Mater only offered Queensland X-Ray the ability to take on the service.
- Mater Public Patients will be seen by Queensland X-Ray and they will bill the Mater for these services as is occurring at Springfield.
There is no coincidence that Mater has made this decision the way they have in the middle of negotiations.
We are working with impacted members at this very difficult time for them.
Because of the changes in Medical Imaging, Mater cancelled negotiations for last week. So instead of negotiations your union wrote to Mater seeking a response to your list of improvements.
- See the letter your union sent
- See the Response from Mater – Outlining that they were not going to respond, then after pressure from your union office, advising they would respond by Friday.
Protected Action Ballot
The ballot for your protected action is now open. This process is run by the AEC and you should receive your ballot in the mail soon. The ballot opened on Thursday 11 October. The ballot will close 10am Friday 8 November. The AEC then counts the ballots and will declare the results to the Fair Work Commission, Mater and your union. We'll keep you updated on that process. When you receive your ballot paper please remember to vote and return in to the AEC!
Mater tried to stop your ballot for action – But we won in the Commission. Remember to vote.
The Mater went to the Commission (and lost this application) seeking to cancel your industrial action ballot.
However, the Fair Work Commission upheld union members' right to have a ballot about industrial action. The Australian Electoral Commission will send you a ballot paper, please remember to return it.
As you know, taking action is not a decision members made lightly. What we've seen from Mater is that they are trying to stop you and your colleagues from making improvements to your wages and conditions.
There are a number of tactics that Mater management may still attempt in the hope that you will give up or go away.
Stick together and talk to each other about what is happening and how it makes you feel. You can also give the union office a call on 1800 177 244 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.