Newly-elected delegates from around nine community health centres met on Tuesday this week to discuss plans for their Enterprise Agreement campaigns. With more than 80 different worksites, the community health sector is one of the largest areas of collective bargaining for the Health Professionals’ Union.
The meeting was very positive, finding a lot of common ground in terms of the logs of claims being prepared and the bargaining strategies to be employed across the sector. The meeting also enabled community health delegates to discuss other issues in their sector, such as the push by community health employers towards seeing private patients under the Medicare Benefit Scheme.
It was the first multi-site community health delegates meeting in ages, prompting many to comment ‘we should do this more often!’
Delegates will now take to members a draft log of claims for their endorsement in a follow up series of workplace meetings to be held over the next few weeks.
“Now is the time for health professionals in community health to get involved in their Enterprise Agreement campaign,” said Lead Organiser Linda Jenkin.
“The more people we can get involved, the better the outcome in terms of maintaining and improving pay and conditions,” Linda Jenkin said.