The HSU has received a response from the employer regarding its recent survey on workload issues for Allied Health workers at Northern Beaches. Unfortunately, the response has been dismissive and has not addressed the Union’s concerns on this matter.
The main reason given by the employer for not filling vacancies is due to budget planning and a proposed model care review for 2021. Neither of these bode well in a hospital whose pursuit of profit comes at the expense of patient outcomes.
The approach of the employer so far has been deliberately non-consultative, secretive and seems to only be advised by financial considerations. If the Hospital wants to provide public healthcare than it must talk to the health workers who provide the service.
The HSU is concerned that if we do not take a stand now, the situation for Allied Health staff at the Hospital will continue to deteriorate in coming years.
To decide on next steps the Union is calling for a Zoom meeting to be held next Friday, 13th of November.
If the employer continues this approach, the Union may lodge a dispute in the Fair Work Commission or the courts.
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