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Southern IML Update

  • Published February 22, 2021

MASS UNION MEETING

Your organiser Roy will hold a mass union meeting over zoom on Thursday the 25th of February at 6PM. The agenda will be as follows:

  1. HSR Elections. Why are they important and how exactly do they work?
  2. Unsafe Work – An update and discussion on unsafe work practices/locations currently affecting HSU members
  3. Underpayment of Part Time Staff – An Update on the progress of the HSU underpayment claim
  4. What’s next – What comes after HSR Elections?
  5. General Business – If you have something you want discussed in general business please let your organiser Roy know by 4PM 25th of Feb.
    You can join the meeting by clicking the link below. Please not you will need to have a smart phone or laptop/computer and that this meeting is for HSU Members only.

https://zoom.us/j/98376507538?pwd=SzVJcmhHSHNXTTJ1a0JoZjJJWnVqQT09

Meeting ID: 983 7650 7538

Passcode: Southern

Why Should You Care About Health and Safety Representatives?

As you know, your union is currently in the process of negotiating with Southern IML to have Health and Safety Representatives (HSR’s) in your workplace. HSR’s are elected by workers, for workers and their responsibility is to YOU not the company.

HSR’s have enforcement rights given to them by the WHS Act. These include the issuing of Provisional Improvement Notices (PIN’s) and Stop Work Orders. PIN’s allow the elected HSR to demand that the company fix a safety issue within a certain timeframe, failure to do so is a potential breach of the WHS Act. HSR’s can also ‘direct a worker in the work group to stop unsafe work if they have a reasonable concern there would be a serious health and safety risk to the workers they represent from an immediate or imminent exposure to a hazard.’ Workers can only be sent back to work once the safety concern has been rectified.

HSR’s empower workers to keep themselves safe and enforce their own rights. Not a member of the HSU yet? Join today at: www.hsu.asn.au/join

In unity,

Gerard Hayes

Secretary, HSU NSW/ACT/QLD