Ambulance Victoria managers are angry that Health Minister David Davis is playing games with their payrise, with a promised 12% wage increase mysteriously disappearing.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
The Ambulance Managers and Professionals Association (AMPA) revealed on Monday that meetings were planned to consider protected industrial action over a new Enterprise Agreement.
AMPA Director Ms Sharelle Herrington said ambulance managers and staff were disappointed by a pay offer below CPI which amounted to a pay cut.
“An offer detailed on Friday included average pay rises of 2.4% which is less than the government’s standard public service pay offer.
“Within hours of AMPA announcing plans to consider protected industrial action, Health Minister David Davis told ABC radio that a pay offer was on the table including a $3000 sign on fee, and 12% pay rise.
“Well the managers have been offered a significant pay rise, which is $3,000 sign-on bonus, six per cent up front, two further tranches of 3 per cent, and further capacity to test work value at Fair Work.
So, in fact, this could be a significant pay rise, and indeed the opportunity was there for signing this some time ago, could have been signed indeed last year, a significant pay rise at that time.”
David Davis on ABC World Today, Monday 8th September
Ms. Herrington said within 48 hours that offer disappeared.
“The Department of Health told AMPA that the minister’s offer was a mistake.
Then in a meeting this afternoon, the Department told ambulance managers that four other offers previously considered to be “on the table” were actually only “proposals”, and had not yet been cleared by the Napthine Government.
“Ambulance managers are sick of being messed around by this Government. We are simply working to achieve a fair pay deal, but one minute there is an offer, then in the next breath, it is gone.
“This is a case of having to deal with known unknowns at every turn. Ambulance managers deserve better treatment by this Government.
“This is extremely disappointing. It is not good enough that Mr Davis and the Government would make such blunders when playing with people’s livelihood.
“The Minister either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about hard working ambulance managers and professionals responsible for managing ambulance dispatch systems and centres, co-ordinating emergency response to events such as Black Saturday, and managing complex IT systems that ensure that there is an ambulance when you need one.
“Either that or this Government is on the backfoot in the face of more looming ambulance protected industrial action.
“The way these negotiations are proceeding is completely farcical. We call on the Premier to intervene and ensure a fair and reasonable pay offer is made,” Ms Herrington said.