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SESLHD Health, Safety & Wellbeing Update

HSU representatives attended a USCC meeting with South Eastern LHD on Monday 9th November at which the proposed Health, Safety & Wellbeing Restructure was discussed. The Union argued that LHD will need to provide additional information before the proposed restructure can proceed.

We have raised member concerns with the LHD regarding the possibility that positions in the new structure were yet to be substantively graded, and that position descriptions were yet to be finalised.

During the USCC the points below were discussed, and the employer stated that they were committed to the following:

  1. Positions would be graded by the district and would also be independently graded by Northern Sydney Local Health District Grading committee.
  2. Positions would all preferably remain as 1 FTE and not be divided into PPT or Job Share across the teams – HSU does not agree with this point.
  3. Voluntary Redundancies are subject to Ministry of Health approval, your employer has flagged the possibility with the Ministry however no formal approval has been granted.
  4. Job matching – the HSU has raised concerns surrounding the application of matching employees to positions, as well as the need for the employer to provide some education for upskilling current staff within the streams to be able to fill proposed new positions.
  5. Due to constraints surrounding the grading committee’s ability to meet and expedite the positional gradings, the HSU would anticipate this is a major factor that may delay the process for some time.
  6. EOI for current positions – your employer requested that the process be one that was based on full merit selection for employees to be maintained, including a formal Cover Sheet, CV & Interview. The HSU has objected to this request and argued that a simplified EOI process be maintained with an informal discussion based on employees that are currently working within the streams. This is based on little change in duties or remuneration, while titles remain the same.    
  7. The HSU requested that the employer canvas the positions within SESLHD that are currently vacant. This would enable staff that would be potentially affected priority status over vacancies as per NSW Health policy. Recruitment currently closes on the 15th December and reopens mid-January 2021. Your employer has yet to complete this request.
  8. A full face to face meeting to be scheduled with all staff and the HSU present to enable both the employer and the Union to answer concerns from members. This has been scheduled for Friday 20th November.
  9. During the meeting, an updated Restructure document was provided to the HSU as the employer had missed some parts of the documentation. The updated document is at this link.

While consultation with the employer continues, the HSU will continue to provide updates to members along the way.

The HSU would like to remind members not to accept offers of positions unless the position is fundamentally graded, and a final position description is attached to the job.

If you know someone who hasn’t yet joined the HSU, encourage them to take the plunge today. We’re stronger when we all stand together. New members should join at www.hsu.asn.au/join or call 1300 478 679.