Members voted YES to stop work! – HPDOCA Bargaining update
We have news to share regarding the outcome of our HPDOCA Protected Action Ballot which closed on Friday. Our members overwhelmingly voted YES to all the actions listed in our Protected Action Ballot. We had record numbers of members who voted in this ballot and an extremely high yes vote to all actions.
Our members have successfully endorsed work stoppages of up to 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, and 8 hours.
As Together HPs, DOs and Clinical Assistants, our successful PAB sends a strong message that we are ready to take stop work actions for fair pay and conditions.
Once the ballot result is formally approved by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission our members can then choose to take action and the timing of the action.
It is clear from negotiations that we are probably going to have to use industrial action to protect conditions and win the improvements which are so important to our members. We still don't have an offer from Queensland Health and time is running out as we approach the 16 November deadline for reaching in-principle agreement. We continue to press Queensland Health at every meeting to come to the table with a good offer as soon as possible.
Yesterday, the Together Bargaining Team and I met with Queensland Health and other unions to talk about some of these important issues. This discussion included protections for Social Work and Psychology treatment spaces. Like the vast majority of our members’ claims, Queensland Health's first response to this claims was that it was not supported. And while we have now put the strongest possible arguments for all these claims, it will be the strength of members taking Industrial Action outside the room that will decide if these become part of the next Agreement.
Congratulations again on your successful Protected Action Ballot! Right now you can get your workplace action ready by making sure everyone is a member (non-members can join online here). We will update members on further developments on the negotiations and campaign actions.