Today Paul, State Secretary and Kate, Assistant State Secretary met with the Chief Mental Health Nurse Anna Love to discuss rostering arrangements in mental health. Some services have sought to make changes to rosters in light of COVID-19, and are consulting with HACSU officials around these potential changes. We will keep members updated on this issue.
A reminder to mental health members; don’t forget you can access online training via the Centre for Mental Health Learning and subscribe to their e-newsletter here.
We’ve heard of some members who have seconded from DHHS to a new disability provider who are having issues with delaying their exit and receive an ERP. If you wish to delay your exit date but you have been denied this request, please let us know. HACSU believes that whilst it is important for people with disabilities to have consistency during this crisis, it remains your choice whether you wish to delay the date you exit. Please contact us if you have any concerns about your own individual situation.
Kate Marshall, Paul Healey and Elisa Dickenson, Senior Industrial Officer met with the CEO’s of the disability transfer providers (Melba, Home at Scope, Possability and Life Without Barriers) to discuss a joint proposal to be put to the Andrews Government that may include attraction and retention payments to all disability support workers, training packages, access to PPE and an additional allowance when doing one to one care with someone who has COVID-19. HACSU will be drafting a letter to provide to the CEO’s for their support.
We also discussed with providers that need to inform DWES when disciplinary matters have been finalised and that if a procedure will not amount to termination, that the process be fast tracked in order for disability members to return to work quickly and support the clients.
It has never been more important to have great HACSU Delegates and Health and Safety Reps in workplaces. Do you enjoy supporting others? Do you have a good understanding, or want to learn more about your EBA, so you safeguard your rights at work? We’re always looking out for new HACSU Delegates and HSRs – get in touch if you’d like to become a Delegate or HSR and support your colleagues during this pandemic crisis.
“At these challenging times, strong advocacy is what’s helping to support workers. The union is here to support workers, but we need strong advocates in the workplaces right now to help protect HACSU members. Delegates and HSRs advocate on the frontline, and together we create safer workplaces for everyone.” – Paul Healey, HACSU State Secretary.