Today, the Health Services Union (HSU) met with Hunter Imaging Group (HIG) to continue negotiations. After the Agreement was voted down, the HSU was directed by members to push for a better wage increase, and pay parity between CT, MRI and Nuclear Medicine.
We pushed for a uniform 2% pay increase per year for the life of the Agreement (which is currently 3 years), instead of 2% for the first year and 1.5% per year thereafter. We also asked that HIG provide pay increases that remove the pay disparity between CT, MRI and Nuclear Medicine due to the nature of the work performed and the required certifications held by Nuclear Medicine in particular. HIG said no to both of these claims and refused to budge on their position regarding pay increases despite the Agreement having previously been voted down by employees.
The HSU also requested that HIG provide a breakdown of the pay increases for all classifications, which demonstrates that rates of pay increase are generally higher for more senior positions. HIG acknowledged that they should have given this information to staff prior to the vote and will be sending this information out to all employees today.
The HSU believes that members at HIG deserve more, and the Agreement being voted down clearly indicates how members feel about the proposed wage increases. We will continue to push for pay parity, but in the meantime the HSU would like to hear your feedback regarding the wage tables once HIG have given these to staff. You can provide this feedback to the HSU by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Thursday 6 May 2021.