Security at Mid Richmond BaptistCare

Late last week Health Services Union members reported that at BaptistCare Mid Richmond a spate of vehicle break ins and thefts had occurred. Members reported being asked by management to patrol the grounds at a special 5.30am shift known as the “comms shift”, that there was even a baton and head torch if staff felt they needed it.

This is disturbing. It is not your role to act as security. Law enforcement is the role of the police and security measures the role of your employer, often in the form private security guards.

On 27  May the Health Services Union wrote to BaptistCare Human Resources, informing them of concerns about both the events at Mid Richmond and the response of local management. BaptistCare investigated this practice and responded the following day, stating that the practice was to stop immediately and that they would install additional lighting and security cameras.

The HSU asked for an urgent security review of the facility, specifically the need to increase security on site. In discussions yesterday afternoon BaptistCare has confirmed they have engaged a security company and guards should be in place by the weekend.

Members have every right to a safe working environment. This includes refusing duties that put you in imminent danger. If members are asked to perform security work or any other inappropriate duties they should contact the HSU Member Services Division on 1300 478 679.

Members should be commended for raising these WHS concerns and supporting each other through this difficult time. If you know someone who is not already a member you should encourage them to join the union that supports you in the workplace. New members can join online here or alternatively contact the HSU on 1300 478 679.

In unity,

Gerard Hayes

Secretary, HSU NSW/ACT/QLD