Health Workers have suffered through a decade of pay stagnation, out of date Awards and understaffing.
Like other health workers, the staffing crisis for MRS is reaching breaking point. We all want to serve our community, but with overwork and burnout rampant, there’s no more left in the tank.
The NSW Government was elected on a platform of change. But all we’re seeing is more of the same.
This is a government that has trashed the promises it made to Health Workers. The wages cap is still in place, preventing desperately needed Award reform and workers are still forking out half of their personal tax savings through salary packaging.
Now, they’ve come forward and leaked an offer of 3.5% pay increase with no Award reform.
HSU members have spoken to reject this offer and endorse a Big Wednesday of action on 31 May. MRS members will be joining 25,000 other members in acting to send this Government a message.
MRS Industrial Action
Your member-run MRS Committee has endorsed a ban on entering bill codes, members are directed to:
When completing your examinations within RIS program, remove all the usual billing codes and replace them with an appropriate “no bill” code.
For most systems this would be the same examination but performed on old equipment that does not incur a Medicare rebate, or you may have other “no bill” options in your current equipment.
Examination folders must remain the same (E.g., CT Brain) to ensure the images within the correct folders are the patients and remain accurate.
HSU members will not do anything to place patients at risk. The above action ensures patients get the care they require. At this link is a flyer which can be provided to members of the public to explain the reasons for industrial action.
Entitlement to take industrial action
It’s your right as an HSU member to participate in authorised industrial action, and it is illegal for any member to face victimisation for participating in trade union activities, including industrial action. Managers who target individual members may face Commission orders against them. If you have any concerns, please reach out for advice and support:
Click this link for a flyer you can provide to your manager or colleague if they have any concerns about industrial action.
If the Ministry raises any concerns, they are entitled to take the HSU as an organisation to the Industrial Relations Commission to address those concerns. However, they cannot target individual workers participating in the action.
Remember, there is strength in numbers. While you may be one person in your profession, you are part of a collective of 25,000 individuals acting together to ensure we can continue serving our community effectively.
Non-members cannot take part in action.
Know someone who isn’t a member? It’s not too late to join to participate in this historic action. New members can join here: www.hsu.asn.au/join