Victorian Stand Alone Community Health Services Multiple Enterprise Agreement 2017

The Victorian health sector employs more than 80,000 full-time equivalents. These include doctors, nurses and midwives, medical scientists, allied nurses, technicians, administrative and office staff, engineers, catering staff, cleaners, gardeners and other workers at more than 100 sites in the state. VAHPA delegate Jeremy Duggan said: “The return on the offer has been very positive. Members felt that previous agreements had been rushed without addressing many important issues such as professional development. Negotiations on the new agreement will continue until July. Negotiations for an enterprise agreement for Marina Radiology employees have just begun, the first round of negotiations will take place on July 5, the next one will take place soon on August 2. VAHPA members in Yooralla have been engaged in weeks of collective struggle for an improved pay offer, which they will keep on an equal footing with their colleagues in the health sector and municipal hospitals, and that they will divert from the proposed cuts for Long Service Leave and Accident Make-Up Pay. Measures included prohibitions on supplementing data, obtaining time and billing information, wearing t-shirts and campaign badges, and encouraging customers and their parents to send VAHPA postcards to the head of Yooralla to ask why the disability sector should be paid less. The actions taken by AAAP members successfully rejected the idea that the work of persons with disabilities was worth less than the work of people working in the public and/or public health and/or municipal sectors, by defending existing conditions and improving conditions.

The new agreement came into force on April 12 and includes seminar leave, freedom aid, relocation assistance and family leave. Wage increases improved by 2.5% over Yooralla`s initial offer and followed the public health sector, including 2.5% for the first six months, 0.75% for the second six months and 3.25% for the second year, with additional increases of $17 per week for the highest level of each class. Workers are invited to vote on the agreement just before their presentation to the Fair Work Commission. After years of negotiations and the rejection of two substander proposals for a new agreement submitted by AAAP members, negotiations finally ended in 2016.

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