You might have seen that yesterday the Victorian Parliament passed legislation to give effect to portable long service leave. However, while many community services workers will now have access to portable long service leave, disability workers have not won these same rights. Please note that this does not impact the DHHS long service leave transfer rights.
As part of the Health and Community Services Union’s financial reporting requirements to members, a copy of the Unions Financial Report for the past financial year is to be made available to members.
Members please be advised as of the 1st of September 2018, changes come into effect in the High Dependency Units across the State of Victoria with regard to staffing ratios. Please print out the flyer attached and to put up in your workplace and share with colleagues.
This morning, HACSU representatives were made aware that Yooralla HR has sent around a newsletter requesting staff to sign and return the contracts that Yooralla asked employees to sign in March 2018. HACSU representatives are advising members not to sign these contracts. It is not necessary and there are some other issues HACSU has found with the document.
This year we saw the biggest rise in the minimum wage that we've seen in over a decade because unions are fighting to #ChangeTheRules. Any worker covered by the SCHADS Award will be entitled to higher pay from July 1. Check out these new rates to ensure that you are being paid the correct amount.
To ensure that HACSU representatives are reflecting the needs of our membership, it is important that you attend a meeting in your area.
DHHS staff will have received information from the DHHS last week about a roster remediation project that has commenced. If you receive a notification for an administrative or priority roster review and you do not believe that this roster review meets the definitions in this newsletter, and has implications that may require more consultation, please contact HACSU Assist immediately.
As a result of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services, and the DHHS have adopted a new Code of Conduct for Disability Workers. HACSU representatives engaged heavily in the development of the code to make sure it was fair on workers, and we endorse it.
Too bolshie or too much navy? What do you think of HACSU merch? We're getting ready to order new tshirts and hoodies to show our union pride in the cold weather. Share you thoughts and win a $100 voucher.
Join the Health and Community Services Union to learn about important changes to your working conditions HACSU has served a log of claims on Scope to improve wages and conditions for Scope disability workers. HACSU will be hosting a forum to discuss what this means for workers.
All DHHS employees you should have received your final EBA sign-on bonus this week. The sign-on bonus is $1000 and calculated pro rata for casuals and part time employees.
HACSU members doing amazing work promoting equality! In the lead up to the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT Day), the Thomas Embling Hospital social work and Consumer Consultant teams created posters to display around each Forensicare site, to provoke discussion and raise awareness of the social exclusion, violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTIQ people .
HACSU SCOPE COMMUNITY MEETING – ALL ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! Wednesday June 6 – 10am – 12pm Central Ringwood Community Centre – room 10
HACSU has become aware that the disability & aged care service provider, Total Family Care, has stopped operating and have failed to pay employees their recent pay and entitlements. HACSU representatives have tried contacting the senior management, however, they have failed to return multiple calls. If you or someone you know has been affected, please follow the steps below to secure your pay and entitlements.
Correction: We got it wrong in the last newsletter, Yooralla aren't auditing every employee's pay. You should still check your payslips though. What do do with that Variation of Hours form, and how we can get a better deal next time.
It's been a big week - HACSU Assistant State Secretary Paul Healey moved an urgency motion at Victorian ALP State Conference, last weekend, and this week we met with the Minister for Mental Health. You can read the briefing we gave the Minister on the mental health staffing crisis and the solution that HACSU members propose.
The DHHS EBA Ballot closed on Wednesday 23 May – 3363 ballots were received. Today we found out that over 97% of DHHS workers voted YES to this EBA – and YES to protecting disability care! This is a huge win for HACSU members who stuck together for two years to fight for a fair deal for disability workers and for the residents that you support.
Applications close by Monday 28 May! 'Union Summer in July' is a paid 2-week internship run by the Victorian Trades Hall Council. HACSU will be hosting two interns this July. It’s designed specifically to introduce young people to unionism, and give them first-hand experience of what unions do. It’s also an awesome opportunity for young people to contribute to building the union movement in Victoria, and to develop their campaigning and activist skills!
Disability support workers at St John of God have voted YES to a new EBA. This is the result of a lot of hard work from HACSU representatives and members. Find out what the new EBA will mean for you at your closest HACSU Meeting in Greensborough, Nunawading & Cheltenham.
If you're a current nursing student and you can demonstrate your interest in mental heath nursing as a possible career path, then you're eligible to receive one of 60 FREE student passes to the 2018 Victorian Collaborative Mental Health Nursing Conference. Apply by 10 July 2018.
Important information for HACSU members at Jewish Care! Jewish Care sent out the "Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR)" to over the last few weeks. This is the initial step to start the process of negotiating a new enterprise bargaining agreement. As a HACSU member, we are your default representative and you don’t have to respond to the NERR. To get the most out a new EBA we need members to take action and participate in the process - and this means talking to your colleagues who aren't members about joining HACSU.
On Friday, the Victorian Electoral Commission announced that just over 1,519 ballots have been received by the Victorian Electoral Commission. That means that 1 in 3 DHHS employees have voted. This is the last week to vote.
DHHS EBA Ballots were posted on Thursday 3rd May and are arriving at your home! Make sure you WRITE YES to VOTE YES and post it back as soon as you receive it to make sure your voice is heard.
Join union members from across the state this coming Thursday at the Longford Picket, Sunday at the May Day Fair and Wednesday at the Rally to Change the Rules.
In its 2018/19 State Budget the Andrews Government has finally begun to recognise the urgency of the crisis facing the mental health sector. HACSU welcomes the record $705 million investment in mental health services across the state.
HACSU representatives have recently met with TTF and HWNS. This meeting was to discuss the changes that may affect you.
Over 50 HACSU members were at the Change the Rules mass delegates meeting on on Tuesday - where the Melbourne Town Hall was at capacity with 1600 union delegates, and another 200 spilled outside watching the speeches on their phones and feeling the buzz of excitement through the walls.
By leaving it blank it sends a message to Yooralla management that your views must be considered when make changes like this.
In the course of negotiations for a replacement four-year enterprise agreement (EBA), HACSU industrial advisors identified that the rates of pay for a number of DDSO classifications had fallen below the Modern Award (SCHADS). The reason this has occurred is due to the impact of the Equal Pay Case and the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO), which HACSU won for disability workers in the non-government sector in 2012.
HACSU organisers have been hearing reports from members that Yooralla workers have been told that they "must sign their contracts by Monday 9th April." HACSU organisers are meeting with Yooralla management on the 10th April to discuss the contracts. All employees have the right to refuse to sign any contract. It remains HACSU’s advice not to sign the contracts until Yooralla has consulted with HACSU about the terms of these contracts.
HACSU is advising all members not to sign the contracts. At this stage, if your service manager questions why you aren’t signing the contract inform them it is upon advice from HACSU.
HACSU understands NDIS Planners are often asking DHHS House Supervisors to sign documents and to represent residents at their NDIS planning meetings. This is despite residents who need support with decision-making not having independent representation at these meetings.
Was advertised as Sunshine DHHS offices, now going to be held at Sunshine Gold Club, 475 Mt Derrimut Rd, Derrimut. Werribee meeting still happening at Eagle Stadium, Ballan Rd.
Abstract submissions close on Thursday 5 April 2018. The annual Vic Collab Conference aims to provide an accessible and supportive environment for first time conference presenters and/or early-career nurses to participate. Graduate nurses and post-graduate nursing students are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts. First time presenters are eligible for the 2018 First Time Presenters Prize. #collab18
We're celebrating the diversity of women who make our union strong. The first of many portraits will hang in the HACSU offices so that all union women's story and the contribution they make to our union, community and lives, is not forgotten.
In addition to the HACSU member meetings happening in regional cities and towns across the state - metro meetings have not been scheduled to answer HACSU members' questions about privatisation and the new EBA face-to-face. Preston - Broadmeadows - Box Hill - Croydon - Frankston - Werribee - Sunshine
On 23 March 2018, the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner (MHCC) will be holding its inaugural Learning from Complaints Forum, which will focus on the important issue of ensuring sexual safety in acute mental health inpatient units.
The new EBA will come into effect on Friday 2nd March 2018. Over the next week Yooralla will begin implementing many of the changes. Your HACSU industrial advocates will be releasing more detailed information over the coming week and we will be holding meetings to with union members to discuss the changes and how they may affect your workplace.
The BCOM is responsible for overseeing the sound and ethical governance and strategic direction of the Union, similar to a company board. BCOM members have an obligations under the Union’s rules and the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act to exercise their duty at all times with care and diligence, in good faith and in the best interest of the organisation.
If you do not believe that you have been paid the correct amount: First off, check with Payroll for the reason. If you disagree with Payroll’s assessment of your employment status or the reasons they provide, call HACSU Assist on 1300 651 931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Paid time release for all DHHS members to get an update on the EBA & Privatisation. Members will be able to ask the State Secretary questions.
DHHS DDSO’s will receive a 3% wage increase this Thursday 18 January 2018. This has been won by HACSU members campaigning to protect disability services. The increase is detailed in the settlement document (click here to view) provided to the HACSU DHHS members at the state-wide meeting on December 19, 2017 and emailed to all members (who have provided HACSU with a valid email address) on the same day.
Abstracts close Friday 12th January for the National Conference on Bullying, Harassing & Discriminating Behaviour Solutions. 12-13 April 2018 @ Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
HACSU members will be marching with a huge union movement contingent in Melbourne's annual Pride march on Sunday 28 January 2018 in St Kilda. The theme this year is #BeyondYes.
The Victorian Government announced today they are proceeding to put DHHS services out to tender to the non-government sector. This is an extremely disappointing development and HACSU remains opposed to privatisation.
There is an issue affecting half of Villa Maria's staff regarding underpayments and overpayments that has primarily been occurring from 2015 onwards but also last 6 years for some employees. Re-imbursement will be occurring on 21 December 2017, March 2018 and June 2018.
HACSU Members are stopping work and joining a State Wide Meeting this Tuesday 19th December. We are fighting to protect our jobs, wages, rights and entitlements. After 2 years of fighting, here is a reminder of the hard won conditions that we are fighting to protect.
You have the right to be in a safe workplace free from violence, harassment and bullying. Following the recent poll of DHHS HSRs HACSU members are reminded all DHHS employees are required to abide by the Victorian Public Sector Code of Conduct
HACSU members are reminded to support our members’ campaign for a new EBA, and, protections in the event of privatisation of services. The following Bans apply
“It is very important not to enter these debates with emotive arguments. It has to be about what the evidence says is effective,” Lloyd Williams said. “All the evidence points to MSIC’s saving lives. In the Kings Cross area in Sydney, for example, drug-injecting usage has actually declined on a per capita basis since the introduction of a MSIC in 2001.”
Victoria’s mental health professionals receive their next (and biggest) 3.25% yearly pay rise today under the new EBA won by members.
From 1 November 2017, the Victorian Government committed to expand DWES to include all disability services. It's a part of the Victorian Government's response to the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services.
Disability workers will campaign for quality public disability services in Victoria and against the Andrews Government’s proposed privatisation in the Northcote by-election, while continuing to put pressure on in regional marginal seats of Ripon & Bendigo East.