We have come to the end of a long year for HSU members when it comes to bargaining your agreement.
When bargaining recommenced in March, members were expecting a much faster process as a lot of the work was completed in 2021. Unfortunately, the ACTPS had other thoughts. After initially predicting a pay offer to be approved by cabinet in June, then August, and then later, it was finally provided by the Chief Minister in November. And what a mess it was! You can view the full offer here.
HSU members have provided overwhelming feedback that this pay offer is confusing and does not value the work you completed over the pandemic as front line workers. For the majority of members this offer is below CPI and effectively a pay cut!
However, there are some positives to report. The Health Services Officer classification review has now been finalised and will be on the agenda for the Support Services agreement. The Health Professional Classification review has also been finalised and has been put on the bargaining table. Health Professional members have provided their feedback on how this will be implemented, and the conversation is ongoing.
CHS have also been receptive to member claims to have classification-specific work level standards for Health Professionals.
Members should be on the lookout for further news in the new year about potential action on this pay offer. If you want to be more involved in the process please discuss with your local organiser, Nathan Collins, in the new year – just email [E-Mail not displayed].
Do you know someone who isn’t an HSU member? Encourage them to join our Union today and have a say at work. We are always stronger when we stand together.