Make sure to have your say on Core Conditions

Don’t miss out! Thousands of HSU members have already voted on the Core Conditions log of claims. The vote closes tomorrow.  

We desperately need new Awards in NSW Health. Over the past months, HSU members have participated in the largest reform survey in the HSU’s history on the improvements needed in health. The message is clear – we need more staff to alleviate heavy workloads, stress, and to improve healthcare quality. 

This initial survey identified the key issues and your elected HSU delegates developed the solutions, which are laid out below for you to vote on.  

The survey takes two minutes but is an important step for the future of a sustainable health system in NSW. If you haven’t yet had your say, please complete the survey now.

Proposed HSU members log of claims for Award reform 

HSU members demand safety at work through:  

1. A requirement for NSW Health to ensure workplaces are sufficiently staffed and resourced. An understaffed health system is an unsafe health system. 

2. Enforceable rights to uninterrupted meal breaks, and a ten-hour break between shifts and recalls to duty.  

3. Ten days additional personal leave in recognition of the risks associated with working in Health.  

4. An additional week of annual leave for all employees to recognise the stress associated with working in NSW Health.   

HSU members demand respect at work through: 

5. A requirement for NSW Health to provide 4 weeks’ notice of rosters because life/work balance is non-negotiable. Subsequent changes to rosters will not be made without mutual agreement with the employee.  

HSU members demand recognition. Staff will not continue to do work they are not paid for.  

6. Higher duties are paid after two hours.  

7. 100% salary packaging.  

HSU members stand in solidarity. All employees at NSW Health are critical to providing world class healthcare.  

8. Everyone has access to the same core conditions.  

9. No one is worse off as a result of Award reform.  

10. Improved rights for Union Delegates to advocate for and support their colleagues, including paid time to undertake union activities.  

11. The right to attend union meetings in paid time. (2 hrs/month) 

12. Improved rights for new workers to meet with Union Delegates face to face during their orientation. 

13. Improved consultation about workforce changes.