Friday Wrap: The week in review
Will Hodgman’s elusive wages policy
What we know so far:
It supposedly says that any increase for you can only be ‘up to’ 2% but we can’t find it to confirm
We’ve heard the Premier and his ministry refer to it and media outlets report on it but its whereabouts is unknown.
No Deputy Secretaries seem to have it.
We know it has undergone one metamorphosis so far, first it was 2%, now it’s up to 2% ...
We’ll keep you updated on how our search progresses.
Out and about: talking to Members about the PSUWA
From holding meetings to one-on-one chats, Blair, Ruby, Sarah and Ange are racking up countless conversations to see what Members think.
If you see them at a workplace near you – say hi!
School Admin: pushing for much needed resources
However, many school admin staff, who keep our schools and colleges running, are being crippled by high and unsustainable workloads.
The School Admin Working Group represents these staff and has been pushing this issue with Education management. Last week this group of Members heard back from Industrial Relations Director Mark Watson about Education’s proposal to deal with high workload. There was some good news and bad news, which included.
There’s additional money for system improvements.
There’ll be a yearly training day for these staff
Any new staffing formula would be ‘resource neutral’ meaning one school’s extra resources will come at a cost to another school
There’s no guarantee additional resources will be provided even if a need is identified
Any real solution to this workload issue clearly needs additional resources. Delegates are working on a response to Education’s proposal.
If we want to see Tasmanian kids’ educational outcomes life, we need to respect admin staff who keep our schools running.
Allied Health Professionals take leadership issue to bargaining
Tasmanian Health Service CEO Dr David Alcorn’s is still refusing to listen to union Members who’ve voiced their concern about his decision that there’ll be no AHP Executive Director to lead staff, with the position to go to a nurse. Dr Alcorn chairs the Tas Health Service Industrial Consultative Committee, which has met three times so far, yet Dr Alcorn hasn’t attended a single meeting in person or by video.
AHP members are now looking to take up the issue in bargaining in their AHP Agreement.
Who are Allied Health Professionals?
They include Dental Therapists, Radiologists, Speech Therapists, Public Health Officers, Social Workers, Scientists and work across 25 professions that help Tasmanians from all walks of life. They’re the second largest occupational group in the THS after Nurses.
Why this is important:
AHPs are a vital to our health system and they should be respected and have their own representative at the decision making table. The role is too big to represent the two biggest occupational groups in our health system – AHPS and nurses.
Biosecurity staff success
Restrictions on sales and trades of blueberry plants have been lifted between Victoria and Tasmania after Biosecurity Tas staff successfully eradicated the diseases in the state.
Biosecurity Tasmania staff work to protect our unique island state and exports every day!
Congratulations to these staff on this great outcome – a real fruit of their labor!
Public sector staff: keeping Tasmania safe
Well done to these staff on pulling up a shonky training provider, read more here.