Health Jobs deal
Tuesday, 21st June, 2011
By Andrew Robertson
A long-running review of job classifications at the hospital appears almost over, with unions and the health department reaching agreement yesterday.
The deal between the two unions, the TEU and CFMEU, and the NSW Department of Health came on the eve of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission hearing the matter in Broken Hill.
Up to three days had been schedulled for the hearing, which was due to start today, but yesterday the parties informed Commissioner Anne Tabbaa they had reached agreement.
TEU Secretary Ros Ferry said late yesterday that the parties would meet again today, when they expected to put a joint proposal to the commissioner.
Ms Ferry said the deal ends months of negotiations between the unions and health department over a review of staff classifications and allowances.
It also would finalise the current industrial agreement between the BIC and NSW Department of Health, which expires at the end of next month.
The commission had set down directions for a hearing in Broken Hill after the parties failed to reach agreement to resolve the outstanding issues in February.
The parties met again in May which resulted in a proposal from the unions which the department accepted yesterday after some "minor amendments".
Ms Ferry said the review started about 12 months ago.
"The wage increase was finalised; it was just the classifications that had to be finalised," she said.
"If we hadn't reached in-principle agreement today, the hearing would have went ahead.
"It's expected this will be accepted by (union) members but a mass meeting will be held to endorse the decision."
She said the decision affects clerical positions and about 16 other staff employed in non-nursing areas of the hospital.