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Westmead Environmental Services Update

Dear Member,

Members and delegates from the Environmental Services Department have consistently raised a number of longstanding issues over a number of years, some of which management have never resolved to their satisfaction. These include:

  1. Workloads and areas being too large for one cleaner on afternoon shift.
  2. Fairness and transparency in decision-making processes.
  3. WHS issues with pushing bins on uneven roads and surfaces between loading dock and outlying buildings.
  4. Inadequate support from Team Leaders and Supervisors because they can’t leave the office with the phone continually ringing.

On Tuesday, your delegates and representatives attended a meeting with Department management with a view to finally resolving these longstanding matters. We are pleased to say there appears to finally be an end in sight, with the following agreement being reached:

  1. Tug trial will commence with 2 weeks, pending arrival of tugs to be trialled, expected by end of September. This will help with the issue of pushing bins over uneven surfaces.
  2. A trial of new allocated areas for afternoon shift to commence from 12th October. New areas and duty statements will be finalised at another meeting next week.
  3. Further discussions to occur about a dedicated Admin role within the office to answer the phone and allocate the work. All parties have agreed this needs to occur; however, further discussion is needed about how best to fill this role.
  4. Management have committed to ongoing meetings with our delegates and representatives to ensure there is fairness and transparency within the Department.

Members from all shifts and all roles within Environmental Services are encouraged to continue raising any issues or concerns with their delegates or Organiser Brendan Roberts via email brendan.roberts@hsu.asn.au or 0425 181 361.

We must all work together to resolve these issues prior to the opening of the new Westmead Precinct building, currently expected on 17th February 2021.

With so much change and uncertainty at Westmead, it’s now more important than ever to make sure you and your colleagues are protected in the workplace by being part of the Union. If any of your colleagues are not yet protected, encourage them to join here or call 1300 478 679.