Over the past few weeks, your Union has been surveying members throughout Children’s Hospital Westmead about staffing levels, workloads, and difficulties in getting approval to fill vacant roles.
We are now aware Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network have created an Executive Approval Committee for all recruitment requests, making it even more difficult and bureaucratic to fill jobs and ease workloads.
Staffing concerns in Administration are exacerbated by the fact there is no relief or casual pool. In some cases, members have been told to take leave because they have excessive leave balances – but advised their workloads will either not be covered, or their colleagues will need pick up the extra work.
CHW and SCHN management must stop taking advantage of health workers and start investing in staff by immediately approving recruitment to vacant roles and easing unmanageable workloads.
If you have colleagues who are not yet Union members, now is a great time to encourage them to join and add their voice to our concerns. New members can join at www.hsu.asn.au/join or by calling 1300 478 679. You can also contact your local delegates or HSU Organiser.