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Our week in review
May Day is about celebrating the achievements of the union movement both here in Australia and overseas.
What have workers achieved? Here are a few reminders:
- Paid public holidays
- Weekend rates
- Sick leave
- Collective bargaining
- Paid parental leave
- Pay increases
- Industrial advocacy
- Work, Health and Safety for our workplaces
- Paid annual leave
- Overtime, TOIL and allowances
- The standard 38-hour week
And more! That’s a whole lot to celebrate, imagine our lives without these conditions.
Remember – we need to continue to advocate for these conditions or they’ll fall by the wayside.
RSVP to a PSUWA Member meeting
Then you need to come to a Member Meeting in May to have your say on the log of claims.
Find the meeting schedules for the South and North & North-West below.
PSUWA survey – thanks for having your say!
WE’VE had a great response to our Member survey that will help frame the log of claims for this year’s public sector bargaining closed today. You’ve given us some great insight into what’s important this Agreement and what you’d like to change in your workplaces and to the services you provide to Tasmanians.
We’ve had a great response to the survey from Members and some great feedback on what they want to see in their Agreement.
Soon we’ll start to consolidate your responses into a Log of Claims – a list of what we will negotiate for in our PSUWA bargaining. You can continue to have your say – make sure you come along to a Member meeting in May – see details above!
International Workers Memorial Day
YESTERDAY was a day to remember those who didn’t make it home from work were injured in a workplace accident in the past year. The Annual International Workers Memorial Day is also a chance to continue the push for workplace safety.
In the morning a Launceston service marked the day. White balloons were released in memorial to those who died, with pairs of shoes representing those who didn’t make it home from work.
In Hobart yesterday evening an ecumenical service at St David’s Cathedral also remembered those who died.
AHPs start industrial action
FAILURE by Tasmanian Health Service CEO Dr David Alcorn to provide Allied Health Professionals with a dedicated voice at the highest level of the THS means union members voted to take action to resolve the matter. This action started on Tuesday this week.
CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch said: “AHPs are the second largest group of professionals in our health system; they need a voice in decision making for their professions, which are the backbone of our health system”.
Click here to read why AHPs are taking action and who they are. All AHP Members are taking action by wearing badges in the workplace, giving flyers to patients and clients explaining the reason for the action and raising the issues in the community and the media. The industrial action also involves activities that won’t affect Tasmanian services, like ceasing to record data and collecting statistics.
Allied Health Professionals told us why this issue is important to them:
“Allied Health Professionals are the second latest group of professionals in our health system. We require separate representation on the Tas Health Service Executive because we’re such a diverse group of Professionals with different needs.”
“We provide a range of important services and care that benefit our community and help a patient’s care and recovery throughout their encounter with the health service. Without a voice we can’t speak up for these Tasmanians.”
“AHPs are a diverse workforce and we often have a particular focus in terms of the care we provide to ensure a safe and timely discharge of patients back into the community.
“We believe that it’s crucial for the health of all Tasmanians that the needs of Allied Health Professionals are seriously taken into consideration by the CEO of the health department. It’s such a shame that we are now being forced to make ourselves heard by taking industrial action.”
“It’s in the interests of all Tasmanians that Allied Health Professionals have a voice at the highest level of our health service.”
Allied Health Professionals are the backbone of our health system and must have an independent voice at the executive level of the THS.
THIS WEDNESDAY: Family Violence – a National day to remember those who’ve died
DOMESTIC and family violence claims the lives of more than 100 people every year. The first Wednesday in May is the night to remember those who have died because of domestic and family violence. These vigils of remembrance began in Queensland in 2005. Tasmania held its first vigil in 2009. This year vigils will be held in each state.
In Hobart: A Candle Lighting Ceremony is on Wednesday May 4 on Parliament House Lawns at 5.30pm. You’re invited and encouraged to come along.
Our Members work to help the victims of family violence in many corners of the public sector –The Family Violence Counselling and Support Service, Children and Youth Services, our courts, those supporting our emergency services and in many more areas.