Many of you reading this will already be VAHPA members. However we know that a significant number of non-union members subscribe to the Allied Health Professional Update. While this is understandable (what better way to keep up with professional and industrial news!), we suspect that many non-members are unaware of the benefits that membership brings.
Here are three benefits:
- Allied Health Professionals working in the public sector in Victoria are amongst some of the worst paid in Australia. This year VAHPA is running our biggest campaign yet to get the wages and conditions of Victorian AHPs back on track.
If you work in the public sector, and want to be paid fairly, you need to contribute to this campaign by joining VAHPA and getting involved. Even if you don’t work in the public sector, what happens in this sector has a flow on effect to other sectors, so by being a VAHPA member you are actively supporting your own wages and conditions.
- Thanks to the union, your employer can’t unilaterally introduce major changes in your workplace that are likely to have a significant impact on employees—redundancies, restructures and roster changes for instance. They must first consult with affected staff and VAHPA prior to implementing such changes.
We have a proven track record of compelling employers to treat members in a fair and reasonable manner in these circumstances, including through genuine consultation, negotiating salary maintenance, redeployment, payouts and in certain circumstances stopping changes in their tracks.
If you’re not a VAHPA member, who will be on your side through a time of workplace change?
- We think the number one reason to join VAHPA is to be part of a collective that works to protect and support your pay, conditions and rights at work. However, did you know that many Allied Health Professionals also join VAHPA for the Professional Indemnity Insurance that we provide at no extra cost?
There are membership levels for part-time and full-time work and even lower rates if you are early in your career or on parental leave. Call the union office on 1300 322 917 to join or go online here.