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2017-05-25

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.

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2017-05-25

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.

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2017-05-12

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

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2017-05-09

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.

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2017-05-01

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.

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2017-04-29

PROTECTED STOP WORK ACTION STATEWIDE MASS MEETING! WEDNESDAY MAY 10 Meeting + BBQ at 11am Rally at 12pm Victorian Trades Hall Council Building

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2017-04-27

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.

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2017-04-27

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.

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2017-04-21

HACSU notified Jewish Care last week that we are in dispute about their failure to consult on the major change to employees’ rosters and working hours announced recently.

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2017-04-20

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.

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2017-04-13

Bargaining update ACTION CONTINUES ACROSS THE STATE On-call/Re-call ban Colanda action DHHS Easter Fact sheet Training and Professional Development Survey - competition winner! Family Violence Workforce Census

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2017-04-07

MEETINGS TO DISCUSS YOORALLA’S EBA OFFER. HACSU is seeking feedback from all members on this offer and therefore require ALL members to attend meetings as scheduled.

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2017-04-03

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.

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2017-03-28

On Monday 27 March, the ABC Four Corners program ran an investigation into violence, abuse and neglect in Victorian and NSW disability accommodation services. HACSU has long fought to support members who report violence, abuse and neglect. The ABC investigation highlights concerns which have been raised by HACSU members time after time and focuses on the key challenges facing the successful rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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2017-03-23

Matters including, payslips, roster reviews and the STAR classification review

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2017-03-23

HACSU and Tipping appeared before the Fair Work Commission yesterday to discuss the backflip by Tipping that has resulted in delays to the EBA. Tipping has conceded that they did change their view after the parties agreed on the application of the Award, stating this was an “error” on their part and the employer has not been intentionally misleading. The employer wants to ensure “sustainability” and “viability” and to this end refuse to agree to include the Award.

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2017-03-20

The Tipping Foundation has informed HACSU that it won’t stick with what it agreed at the Fair work Commission on 3 February. This means the new Enterprise Agreement will be delayed until the issue is sorted out, the Commission has listed a conference for next Wednesday 22 March 2017.

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2017-03-09

DHHS East DAS and DHHS East Records is undertaking archiving and renewal of Accommodation Service Files (ASF) in the coming weeks as required by the RSPM. HACSU advises members that the following protected action bans apply: No. 13, Refuse to communicate with DHHS area, division or central offices, excluding payroll; and No. 4, Refuse to undertake any courier work.

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2017-03-08

The Certainty for Disability DHHS Enterprise Agreement (EA) Campaign stepped up a notch with members in the Ovens Murry and Goulbourn Area stopping work and taking to the streets of Wangaratta to protest for a new EA. HACSU Disability workers are demanding an EBA that will improve wages and conditions, but very importantly to protect our future job security, and our existing conditions we have already fought so hard for.

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2017-03-08

It is important all members are clear that despite the ongoing uncertainty, at this stage non-government or private service providers are not taking over any DHHS group homes.

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2017-02-22

PROTECTED STOP WORK ACTION WEDNESDAY MARCH 1 2pm - 4pm COLAC GROUP HOME STAFF AND COLANDA STAFF Rally at Colanda at 2.30

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2017-02-13

The ballot for the approval of the 2016 – 2020 Victorian public mental health EBA ballot has been declared won with over 99% of people voting yes! This is a fantastic result and evidence of the huge outcomes that have been won for the mental health workforce across Victoria!

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2017-02-09

FREE FORUM The NDIS, and the Privatisation of Victorian Public Disability Residential Services. For People with disabilities living in DHHS and Community residential services. Friends and family welcome!

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2017-02-07

HACSU are proud to announce drafting for the 2016-2020 Forensicare EBA has been complete with the final meeting confirming the details of the new Thomas Embling de-escalation team. The Clinical Support and De-escalation Team will involve surplus staff, comprised of nursing and non-nursing roles, who will be available to respond to crisis and emergency situations at Thomas Embling Hospital.

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2017-02-03

An agreement was reached this afternoon in the Fair Work Commission, where members have a 2-year agreement, wage increases of 2.75% for each year and a range of improvements for working conditions and job security! Amazing effort from all the members across Tipping and Vista, well done on implementing and maintaining the bans, this is an amazing win for a much deserving workforce!

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2017-02-02

HACSU exempting affected members from Ban 10 and 13. The DHHS has advised HACSU that the NDIA is going to undertake one state-wide recruitment round, which will open on 20th March 2017. This is for all DHHS Client Services staff who undertake intake and planning functions. These functions will transfer from the DHHS to the NDIA under the NDIS. To date, the NDIA recruitment process has been conducted area by area.

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2017-02-01

HACSU has been contacted by a number of members concerned about the change to payslips by way of removing Long Service Leave (LSL) balances

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2017-01-24

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’.

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2017-01-24

HACSU understands management are instructing HACSU members to complete paper based forms for the Restrictive Intervention Data System (RIDS). HACSU notes this directive is wrong.

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2017-01-19

The phase 2 protected action bans will begin on Monday January 23. All shifts beginning on January 23rd, and all those there after will inact the phase 2 bans. This means the bans will not apply for sleep overs and active nights beginning on Sunday the 22nd. Phase 2 includes all remaining bans. Note that ban 18, participate in stop work bans for a period from 1 hour up to 24 hours, is currently not active. members will be notified when this ban will take place. A phase 2 factsheet has been emailed to all members who are subscribed to HACSU emails. Members can also download a copy from www.hacsu.asn.au. If you have any questions or concerns please contact HACSU Assist at assist@hacsu.asn.au or call 1300 651 931.

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2017-01-19

The new EBA has now been finalised and provided to each health service. From this Saturday, January 21st, the EBA access period will begin, meaning that members will be able to view the new EBA for the following 7 days.

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2017-01-10

HACSU has met with the VHIA and the Department to finalise the drafting of the 2016-2020 Victorian Public Mental Health EBA. The Draft EBA has now been submitted for legal clause numbering and revision by legal experts. A timeline has been drafted in which we expect to see the completion of the EBA.

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2017-01-06

Position: Area Organiser: Organising and Campaigning Employer: Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) Work Type/s: Full Time

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2017-01-04

HACSU will not accept DHHS roster reviews to commence, continue or be posted during the period of protected actions.

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2016-12-22

Today HACSU and the VHIA have resolved the outstanding issues for the final drafting of the 2016-2020 Victorian Public Mental Health and Forensicare EBAs.

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HOUSE SPECIFIC CONTINGENCY REPORTS

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2016-12-20

BANS IMPLEMENTATION – Phase 1, Beginning Wednesday December 21 at 6am. We will be staging the bans so that they have increasing impact on management, but with minimum impact on clients. There will be three stages of bans. Phase 1 will begin on Wednesday December 21 at 6am. HACSU will notify members when further bans are to be implemented in 2017. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PHASE 1 BANS FACTSHEET

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2016-12-16

Negotiaitons between HACSU and the DHHS continue and to date we have met eleven times. So far we have discussed: the Colanda closure, the rollout of the NDIS, a Statewide Roster Review process, annual increments for casuals, family violence leave, Long Service Leave accrual, improving the sleepover disturbance allowance and amending the Introduction of Change clause.

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Negotiaitons between HACSU and the DHHS continue and to date we have met eleven times. So far we have discussed: the Colanda closure, the rollout of the NDIS, a Statewide Roster Review process, annual increments for casuals, family violence leave, Long Service Leave accrual, improving the sleepover disturbance allowance and amending the Introduction of Change clause.

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2016-12-09

HACSU has received notice that the VHIA have applied to suspend the protected action bans in the Fair Work Commission. This is an expensive legal process and is a clear demonstration that the VHIA would rather spend money on barristers, taking HACSU to the commission, instead of getting the agreement finalised.

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HACSU has received notice that the VHIA have applied to suspend the protected action bans in the Fair Work Commission. This is an expensive legal process and is a clear demonstration that the VHIA would rather spend money on barristers, taking HACSU to the commission, instead of getting the agreement finalised.

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2016-12-06

Psychiatric nurses and mental health professionals will soon receive the September Continuing Professional Development (CPD) payment.

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2016-11-29

Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) is the Victorian No.2 Branch of the Health Services Union. HACSU is seeking a full time Membership Accounts Officer to work in the Union’s Melbourne Office.

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2016-11-29

Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) is the Victorian No.2 Branch of the Health Services Union. HACSU is seeking a full time Area Organiser: Organising and Campaigning to work in the Union’s Melbourne office.

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2016-11-29

Have you returned your protected action ballot in the mail? Statewide meeting and BBQ, Thursday, December 15, 11am, Victorian Trades Hall

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2016-11-12

HACSU win registration and accreditation scheme for disability workforce

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2016-10-28

The DHHS has created a new medication and administration DVD. This is a result of successful negotiations with HACSU.

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2016-10-27

HACSU Rally at the Victorian Labor Party State Conference, Saturday November 8, 9.30am Moonee Valley Race Course, Main entrance on McPherson St. Moonee Ponds, Melbourne

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2016-10-26

HACSU and the Victorian Government have commenced negotiations for a replacement DHHS EBA.

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2016-10-19

DHHS have today issued an 'instrument of appointment' letter to all DHHS support workers. Members DO NOT need to action this letter.

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2016-10-12

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will change the way funding is directed to, and used by, people with disabilities. Rather than choosing a service provider who will deliver a pre-determined set of services, under the NDIS people with disabilities can use their funding to choose which providers to buy their support from. In principle, this is a fantastic idea, especially for people have to capacity to advocate for themselves. However, for those who need assistance to advocate and navigate the complex disability market, the NDIS model presents many challenges.

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2016-10-12

October and November will be critical campaign months The Government is currently in a process of conducting research regarding the privatisation of the DHHS. No final decision has been made, and we have been told that it is unlikely that there will be any further announcements before late October.

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2016-10-06

Senior HACSU officials have finalised the high-level agreement with the Victorian Government and Public Hospitals on a new Mental Health EBA!

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2016-10-06

Congratulations to all the members participating in protected action for the first time at the Tipping Foundation and Vista. Work bans began last week, and we are off to a flying start!

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2016-10-03

Schedule of Melbourne Cup public holidays for Regional Victoria.

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2016-09-07

HACSU members successfully held the first ever stop work action. Members rallied at a BBQ in Clarendon Street Thornbury, whilst others from all across Victoria stopped work in solidarity.

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2016-09-02

In December last year the Victorian Government broke its promise to not privatise public disability services. While the Government has repeatedly said its decision isn’t final, the fact remains that you don’t announce a decision to investigate privatisation if you aren’t serious about following through.

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2016-09-02

HACSU has submitted members claims for a new four-year DHHS Enterprise Agreement with negotiations expected to start shortly.

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2016-09-02

Last week, The Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley, was quoted in the Age newspaper, saying that he hoped to reach an agreement [on the new public Mental Health EBA] in the coming weeks. HACSU want to remind members that whilst we will welcome an agreement, we will not accept any offer which ignores staffing, workload and safety issues.

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2016-07-20

This meeting will be an important opportunity to understand more about the Government's decision to privatise public disability services, the roll out of the NDIS, and the upcoming EBA. Senior union officials will be reporting on all these topics, as well as taking questions and listening to member concerns.

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2016-07-11

HACSU has progressed our member’s concerns regarding the rollout of the NDIS in the Central Highlands.

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2016-07-06

HACSU WINS PROTECTION FOR DEFINED ­BENEFITS SUPERANNUATION

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2016-06-22

It’s that time of year again and we are calling for members who are proactive and want to further their involvement with HACSU to become delegates or workplace contacts. Delegates and contacts are an essential part to any union and HACSU is no exception.

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2016-06-08

HACSU is pleased to report that members have successfully won the vote and the right to take protected industrial action, well done all!

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2015-10-14

HASCU is incredibly pleased to announce that The Latrobe regional hospital has decided to reverse their decision, to contract out the Latrobe Regional Hospital Community Recovery and Care Unit (CRCU) following a directive from the Minister Martin Foley.

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