HACSU mental health members were given an EBA offer last year, but we’re still waiting for a full agreement.
After weeks of being told we’d have a draft “soon”, HACSU advised the VHIA that we would restart protected action if we didn’t receive a draft for the mental health agreement by end of day on Friday March 4.
That deadline was missed.
As a result, we lodged notices for stop work actions.
A draft EBA has now been received, but we’re not cancelling action — we’re stepping up.
We won’t sit by and wait for the VHIA and the Department of Health.
It’s clear that protection action is what will advance drafting and get us an agreement.
We need every member to take part and make it clear that we’ve had enough.
Stop work action has been notified to all services who voted up a protected action ballot, for 11 AM to 2 PM.
Members in metro services will rally from 11 AM at Trades Hall in Melbourne, BBQ provided. Make sure to wear your HACSU shirts and bring along a sign about why you’re taking action for mental health.
So that we can organise the BBQ, please fill out this form if you’re at a metro service and will be joining us.
Members across Victoria will take stop work action from 11 AM to 2 PM. The notified period isn’t long enough to travel to Melbourne — so we need members to rally at their own services, in their HACSU shirts and with signs.
Organisers will be co-ordinating with delegates at each site. If you’re unsure who your organiser is, please contact HACSU ASSIST.
There is no mental health system without a mental health workforce.
If we want to fix mental health in Victoria, we need a new EBA.