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Professional Development Problems Persist for AHPs
YOUR unions, CPSU and HACSU, appeared before the Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC) on December 14 to finally register a replacement Agreement for Allied Health Professionals in the Tasmanian Public Sector.
After a long and frustrating process, the final Agreement maintains all conditions in the previous Agreement and among others items, included an agreement on transcript for the parties to develop a consistent form for use across all relevant agencies to claim the Professional Development (PD) entitlement. It was agreed that this work would be completed by the end of January 2013.
Read the Agreement here.
After the Agreement was registered your Unions put forward a draft claim form. To date, despite many attempts to get feedback, the Government’s senior industrial representatives at the State Service Management Office (formerly PSMO) have provided none.
Members continue to face barriers to accessing their PD entitlement and it appears that government representatives are showing a complete disregard for Allied Health Professional staff.
This is frustrating but not surprising given the problems experienced registering your Agreement.
Members have shown extreme patience and it is unacceptable that the State Service Management Office (SSMO) is not following through on the agreed undertakings before the TIC.
Your unions have written to SSMO advising that if no adequate response is received by March 1, there is no choice but to consider going back to the TIC to resolve this matter.
This is a ridiculous scenario that could have been resolved easily if the employer was motivated.
Members will be kept up to date as this matter progresses.