VAHPA has called a mass meeting of all members to discuss the progress of bargaining for a new public sector Enterprise Agreement and to decide upon the next steps in pursuing our claims.
“Talks have been positive in a number of areas, however at this stage we see no indication that the hospitals or the state government are prepared to address our claims on workload issues, our antiquated career structure or the matter of wage parity in a manner that will deal with these issues appropriately,” said VAHPA Secretary Craig McGregor.
“The last two rounds of bargaining have been disastrous for Victorian Allied Health Professionals. This has led to serious recruitment and retention issues. I have genuine fears for the viability of the sector. This is our opportunity to fix things—now. We must get a good outcome this time,” concluded McGregor.
Members will be provided with a detailed report on where talks have been successful and where our claims are not progressing satisfactorily. We will be providing a frank report on our areas of industrial strength and weakness and what we can do to prepare for the next phase of the campaign. Finally, we will be providing members with an overview of protected industrial action, what it means in health and what our options are on this.
Where: Trades Hall, Corner of Lygon St and Victoria St Carlton
When: Thursday 28th April at 6.30pm
Who: All financial members of the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association
We have been very inclusive of non-members in the campaign so far, however it is important to note that this is a members only meeting. The union is only able to do its work because members understand the value of community and collectivism and are prepared to spend their money for the benefit of all Allied Health Professionals.
For those who have been following or helping with the campaign but haven’t joined VAHPA yet, now is the time. Join the community of Allied Health Professionals working together to ensure that Allied Health Professionals are properly recognised for the work they perform and to make the provision of healthcare as good as it can be.
Membership forms will be made available on the night for those who want to join before the meeting begins.
Delegates will be sent flyers to help promote the meeting in their departments. If your department doesn’t yet have a delegate you can download a copy of the flyer by clicking here