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HACSU News June

2019-06-28

HACSU News!

Welcome new members who have joined HACSU throughout the month of June! You’re a part of something bigger and you’re helping to contribute to improving our health and community services sectors!

We’re joyful in June!  Each of you plays a role in improving and maintaining the rights for workers in the health and community services sector. Together, as a strong union made up of dedicated members, we can achieve amazing things!

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Mental Health Royal Commission

Our union has been knuckled down working hard to fight for improvements to the sector and we’re excited for the possibility of sector-wide improvements in the coming year. Through sector advocacy, we’re able to contribute to some of the once in a generation change we’re hoping to see through the Royal Commission into Mental Health.

This month we have been lobbying politicians to support our campaign for Better Mental Health and we’ve held focus groups with members that have provided us with rich information that will contribute to our initial submission. We’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be getting out to your workplaces so that members can become more involved in the campaign! Click here for more information about what we’re doing to achieve Better Mental Health for Victoria.

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Member Mypage

In BREAKING NEWS, we’re moving into the future together with a new member Mypage we’ve recently launched. This Mypage replaces our existing membership portal and provides you with easier ways to connect with us online!

When you log in to your Mypage, you’ll be able to download your 2018-19 tax statement as well as have access to previous years statements, as well as download your Professional Indemnity Insurance certificate. You’ll hear from us soon with more details about the Mypage and the fantastic benefits that it brings.

We'll contact members in the first couple of weeks of the new financial year with instructions on how you can access your Tax Statement - but if you need it urgently, please email us hacsu@hacsu.asn.au

 

Coming up in July

This month we celebrate  NAIDOC Week  from July 7-14th. Celebrations are held across the country during the week, which recognises the achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We’re taking the opportunity to celebrate the week by thanking those HACSU members who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander! We would love to hear from these members who might like to share your story about HACSU, culture and country – get in touch  caits@hacsu.asn.au  !

Also keep an eye on our social media for more exciting news about NAIDOC week!

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Earlier this month at the HACSU Office in Carlton, we took part in Cultural Safety training and we learnt more about how we can engage with members who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. As a result, we’ll be making some changes – if you have any feedback for us on how we can create a more culturally safe union, please get in touch with us  hacsu@hacsu.asn.au

There’s more free training on offer for members in July including Applied suicide intervention skills training (ASIST) on 9-10th of July and training for new Health and Safety Representatives to learn all about the role on July 15-19th. Both rounds of training will be held in our Carlton office.

If you’re interested in attending either training session, or you have any further questions, please get in touch with us to register today hacsu@hacsu.asn.au Don’t forget we’re offering members a range of FREE training throughout the year! For more information,  click here .

 

HACSU Women

This month, the Victorian Trades Hall Council Women’s Committee launched a new resource, Safe and Respectful Workplaces. The website is available for all women to tell your stories about gendered violence in the workplace.

Trades Hall Women’s Committee hope to keep challenging Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the workplace by collecting stories of success and obstacles faced by working women. There are also resources to help all members learn more about what you can do to reduce gender-based violence in the workplace. Together we can eradicate GBV and build safe and respectful workplaces.

Click here  to check out the website today or go to:  https://saferespectfulworkplaces.com/

 

End of Financial Year at HACSU

You’ll soon be able to download your tax statement via the new member Mypage! Keep your eyes peeled; we’ll bring you more information about how you can access your HACSU tax statement soon!

Members should also know that come 1 July 2019, there are changes to legislation regarding  superannuation . THIS MAY EFFECT YOU! To find out more, you can  click here  to read our article about changes to superannuation.

We also found this helpful tax claim factsheet for  nurses  you can download by  clicking here For information about what else you might be able to claim  click here .

 

AND remember - your HACSU membership is 100% TAX DEDUCTABLE!   
 
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Good News!


We’re celebrating after a great outcome at Peninsula Health this month! 

Over the past three years, HACSU members at Peninsula Health’s Continuing Care Unit have battled against management’s proposed changes to the staffing profile as well as the transferring of unendorsed nurses from the CCU to the Behaviour of Concerns team in Frankston Hospital. 
  
We’re happy to report that after tough negotiations and through the dedicated hard work of HACSU delegates and officials that we’ve had a fantastic outcome! 
  
The staffing profile will not be reduced to 3.3.2. and instead will be 3.4.2.  

Three unendorsed nurses who were being asked to move out of the CCU have also retained their positions.  
  
Great stories like this remind us why it’s important to be part of a strong union like HACSU. We wouldn’t have great outcomes like these without the efforts of dedicated union members and officials working together for the best interests of all! 

Talk to your colleagues today about the power of being a part of HACSU!

 

Welcome Gerrard!

We’d like to welcome Gerrard Byron-Loader, our newest HACSU Organiser! Gerrard works as a part of the Transfer Organiser Team.

To introduce you, we’ve interviewed Gerrard to find out a little more about our fantastic new Organiser!  Click here  to read more about our newest team member and how many spaceships he has in his collection!