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 email@example.com
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.
We just met with the DHHS again on Thursday 14/9 and unfortunately while we can't report any major progress, discussions are continuing and scheduled again for next week. We are pursuing our pay claim and will continue to do so.
Although bans after consultation with our members it has become apparent that there are significant concerns and no clarity about the classification level or roles/functions of the proposed Justice positions.
The DHHS has notified HACSU of a number of proposed service changes. With the EBA campaign still ongoing, members should not participate or make comment on change proposal/s distributed.
The DHHS recently provided detail of its proposal allocation for Justice Teams, read more about . Professional development and support - DHHS training options.
Disability workers from Melbourne’s Eastern and Southern Metro Regions will take strike action today, protesting the Victorian Government’s failure to resolve a serious dispute over care quality, job security and wages and conditions. There’s 1,622 staff supporting 1,258 clients in 193 residential units in the Melbourne and Southern Metropolitan Regions.
G4S security staff at Forensicare (Thomas Embling Hospital), Victoria’s only secure forensic hospital, have commenced protected industrial action following a breakdown in negotiations for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) with G4S, the hospital’s security contractor.
NDIS preparation causes workload pressures for group home staff. Transfer of DHHS Planning and Intake functions to the NDIA. DHHS clarifies DAS staff role in clients’ NDIS service agreements. HACSU members should not participate in e-DINMA trial.
As of Friday 21st July 2017, the new enterprise agreement for Tipping and Vista workers was approved by the Fair Work Commission. This agreement has been 3 years in the making and has brought much need improvements to conditions. Congratulations to all the hard working members who participated in bans and made this new deal possible.
EBA negotiations have been continuing at a very slow pace while HACSUs’ demand the Government come to an agreement to protect member’s ongoing wages and conditions in the event of privatisation. The Government has made no offers to secure an agreement on the issues which has significantly slowed the negotiation process.
The department advised HACSU that due to a fault in its SAP system 154 DAS employees who are on higher duties from 25 June – 8 July and receive commuted allowance and penalties were going to be underpaid in pay period 1 [this coming pay].
Free forums for workers in the non-government, not for profit and community sector disability services. HACSU has begun discussions with over 40 non-government disability service providers about disability support worker wages and working conditions going into the future. This forum is an important opportunity for HACSU to engage with members regarding these discussions.
The Psychologists agreement is now in the process of being certified by the Fair Work Commission. The length of this process is not bound by any time restraints and will depend on the Commissioner appointed and the backlog of other agreements waiting to be certified.
The HACSU Branch committee of Management (BCOM) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed member to be appointed to a casual vacancy as an ‘Ordinary Member’.
On 19 April the giant timber industry corporation Carter Holt Harvey locked out the entire workforce at its Myrtleford ply board manufacturing site.
From 1st July 2017, HACSU membership fees will increase in line with the costs associated with inflation, employment and new campaigns around the NDIS rollout, to stop the privatisation of public disability services and key mental health services, and underfunding of mental health and disability services overall.
Last weekend, at the Australian Labor Party State Conference, HACSU called on the State Government to uphold the commitments made in the 2014 Victorian ALP Platform and immediately suspend the closure of the Eastern View, Ballarat Community Care Unit.
A message from State Secretary Lloyd Williams EOI Factsheet - Frequently Asked Questions What will the EOI mean for DHHS workers? HACSU letter to Labor MPs - 5 facts about the NDIS
Public disability carers/support workers from across Victoria will take strike action tomorrow to protest against the Victorian Government’s privatisation of Victorian public disability services and their refusal to enter into serious negotiations over job security and improvements to wages and conditions.
Since Yooralla put their final EBA settlement offer to us in late March, HACSU has consulted with our Yooralla DSW members across April. The overwhelming response from HACSU members is that the current Yooralla proposed agreement is not acceptable.
HACSU is pleased to inform members that the union and Tipping have now finalised all matters on the enterprise agreement. It is now up to members to vote on the agreement at the upcoming EBA voting sessions. HACSU supports this agreement and encourages all members to vote YES in favour of the enhanced and improved EBA conditions that we have been fighting for since 2014.
11 am. Thursday, April 27, 2017 Dear HACSU members, I am writing to you in regard to the Victorian Government’s decision to seek Expressions Of Interest (EOI) from the non-government disability sector to run DHHS disability services.
HACSU is proud to announce that the 2016-2020 Victorian Public Mental Health EBA has been certified by the Fair Work Commission today, April 20, 2017. The EBA campaign was driven by HACSU members demanding better services, staffing, and safety to improve the working life for thousands of public mental health clinicians and support staff across Victoria.
The HSU welcomes the opportunity to make an initial submission to this important inquiry into National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) costs. While the terms of reference for the inquiry are narrowly defined on the scheme’s financial sustainability, we believe the Productivity Commission (the Commission) must consider whether NDIS prices and associated price-setting and review arrangements are sufficient to promote and sustain quality, innovation and choice in the provision of funded supports.