HSU Conference ends with renewed commitment to fair pay fight

I am writing to report to you on the 2023 HSU Delegates Conference.

Over 400 union delegates came together in Sydney and made key decisions for the future of our union.

Delegates heard from NSW Treasurer Daniel Mookhey, who pleaded for more time to work on delivering the promises made to HSU members. HSU Delegates are united. This Government’s pay offer is not acceptable and there is no more time to waste. 

We are at a crucial moment for public health workers. What we do right now will have a lasting impact on the NSW Health system for the next decade.

At conference, the following resolutions below were passed unanimously. HSU members will continue to fight until health workers are properly valued!

  1. This HSU Delegates Conference demands that the NSW Government deliver on the promises it made to health workers:
    • A cost-of-living pay increase;
    • 100% salary packaging;
    • Immediate Award reform;
    • A Royal Commission into Health funding in NSW; and
    • Professional Pay rates for Paramedics.
  2. This HSU Delegates Conference endorses that the Secretary and Executive meet with the Government to enhance the offer that has been put to HSU members and report back to sub-branch meetings and union delegates.
  3. This HSU Delegates Conference demands that, by Friday 7 July, the Government provide their exact position on:
    • The pay offer whether by percentage or flat increase to base rates;
    • The timing of the proposed changes to salary packaging; and
    • If this Government is committing to funding award reform to ensure wages reflect the changing nature of work.
  4. Members will take escalating industrial action from the week of 10 July, 2023.
  5. This HSU Delegates Conference endorses that each sub branch and member committee hold meetings within four weeks of the Government offer. These meetings will vote on the Government’s cost of living pay offer, including whether
    • The 4% offer is acceptable to HSU members;
    • If it is acceptable, how the 4% should be distributed as a increase to base rates or a flat percentage pay-rise across all classifications;
    • If members will reject the offer and continue the industrial campaign for 6.5%.

Work bans are back on! More information will be coming on Friday so keep an eye on your inbox and reach out to your organiser if you have any questions.