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New allowance added to Health & Human Services Award

TODAY the CPSU appeared at the Tasmanian Industrial Commission with HACSU to see a new addition to HAHSA.

The Award now includes an allowance for the management of deceased persons pronounced dead on arrival. It sounds grim but it’s a necessary task that public sector workers undertake.

The allowance is for workers who, due to their supervisor or mortuary staff’s absence, need to accept, prepare, identify or handle a person who’s died or they’re releasing the deceased from the management of the coroner.

Although an allowance was previously paid, it was based on a worker’s classification, and now it’s a flat rate, benefiting the vast majority of staff. The addition comes after long running negotiations between unions, the Agency and the State Service Management Office. There’ll also be back payment to those relevant workers to March 16 2014.

It affects union members statewide, in particular Orderlies at the Launceston General Hospital, who’ve been actively pursuing this issue.

It’s a great outcome for workers who have a difficult, confronting job to do.

This is just another way unions are there for maintain and improve workers’ conditions and entitlements.


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