Mater Health Services - Administrative, Operational, Engineering and other Employees Enterprise Agreement Update

Posted February 7, 2012 by Alex Scott

Our Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) expired on the 31st of August 2011.  Together delegates have been working hard over the past few months to ensure the new EBA is ready to go as soon as possible.

Your Together negotiating team are:

Hayley Moore, Shannon Brierley and Zoé Kennedy and is led by our Chief Negotiator Jan Sheppard from our union office.

Our team is at the negotiating table with the following parties:

  • Mater Health Services Industrial Relations (IR) team
  • Delegates and or organisers from each of the following unions:
    • United Voice
    • Australian Workers' Union of Employees, Queensland
    • Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Queensland Builders Labourers Branch
    • Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union
    • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia - Plumbing Division Queensland Divisional Branch
    • Transport Workers' Union of Australia-Queensland Branch
    • Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia
    • Queensland Council of Unions

Progress so far:

We have now attended three EB meetings in these early stages of the negotiation.

Our team presented the Together members endorsed log of claims to Mater for their consideration, and to open negotiations - you can see a copy of this document here [insert link to log of claims]

All other unions that are party to the Agreement have now also presented their members log of claims

Mater has presented a list of items they wish to include, exclude or amend with respect to our EBA

Mater have been co-operative in each of the meetings so far, though it should be noted that they have officially responded with a rejection with to ALL bar a couple of our claims.  Interestingly the ones they have agreed to, are merely asking for a continuation of current entitlements or policies!

What about me?

Considering Mater's position so far, we need your help in gathering further examples to back-up our claims.  So drop us a line if you have examples of items relating to the claim - we are particularly keen to know of any work that has been contracted out - that you know would save money if done in-house by Mater staff (contracting in claim).  Send us your examples and we'll use them in the negotiations.

Want to help make sure you and our other members aren't losing any entitlements during the creation of this new EBA?  We are looking for members who can assist the negotiating team by looking at some of the protected policies that Mater are proposing to amend/delete - and do a comparison to determine if members will be worse off with the changes proposed.  Can you take one and have a look for us?  Please contact Zoe who can allocate a policy to you.

We now have a fortnightly meeting schedule set from the 15th of February, and are working in co-operation with the other unions to achieve the best outcome possible for all of our members covered by this agreement.

If you have any questions about the EBA or the negotiations, please contact any member of our negotiating team:

Zoé Kennedy -  Phone ext 2911 -  Email:
Shannon Brierley - Phone ext 8050 - Email:
Hayley Moore - Email:


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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