Public Health meeting this Friday and your wages.
Together members and members of other unions had announced earlier this week that we would take industrial action this Friday because the government had taken no action to deliver wages owed to you from the 2019 bargaining agreement.
Yesterday evening we received a letter from the Queensland Health Director-General.
Importantly, the letter says that the government "have instructed payroll to commence processing" the 2.5% increases for the EB10, HPDOCA and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker agreements, with appropriate back dating.
This is definitely welcome news. It is clear that pressure from union members has ensured action on the back-pay.
On this basis, your delegate steering committee have voted to suspend stop-work meetings. THERE WILL BE NO STOP WORKS THIS FRIDAY.
Instead, of a stop work please come to an online union meeting and briefing on next steps this Friday and bring your colleagues!
Friday 5 June 12:30pm
02 8318 0085 Australia, Sydney (Toll)
Conference ID: 383 099 936#
The meeting will take place on Microsoft Teams - click the link to log into the meeting on Friday. Alternatively, you can dial the number and take part via teleconference.
Another part of the letter says:
"Government has advised that 'these payments will be given effect through proposed amendments to the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (the Act).'"
The union office has not been provided with these proposed amendments. We don’t know what they will be. This is obviously difficult to reconcile.
That is why we are also asking you to remain vigilant and please come to the meeting this Friday. Wear your union shirts!
Without more information it's not possible to know how and when the other important improvements in our agreements from 2019 will be delivered, and whether you will lose any of your other rights and conditions, and whether/ when you will receive the $1250 payment, which you are also owed, and which the letter does not mention.
We remain vigilant on this and we will speak more on Friday at 12:30pm at our state-wide union meeting.