Wednesday of this week saw the first Enterprise Bargaining meeting between Medical Scientists, Public Sector Workforce Relations (PSWR) and Health.
Friday, 27 June 2014
Medical Scientists Casey Moore, Jen Buckseal and Wally Nespolon from SA Pathology attended with other reps from Medical Physics, Official Dale Beasley and SA Branch Director Sarah Andrews.
Our intention in the meeting was to provide an accurate picture of the crisis currently facing the Medical Science profession. PSWR spent considerable time asking questions to get a good understanding of the crisis, while Casey, Jen and Wally performed a valuable role by providing real world, first person experiences of how this crisis is being felt on the ground. We requested that the next EBA contain a commitment to take the issues affecting our profession (and the consequences to community health) seriously, and give serious consideration to the consequences of doing nothing.
In the current climate of budget uncertainties, PSWR has been very clear throughout negotiations that claims which are put forward in any agency would most likely be unsuccessful if they require greater financial expenditure by Government. Despite those limitations, Wednesday’s meeting opened the door to further negotiations on how we may be able to create facilities which address issues of career progression, professional development and job security. These negotiations will continue in coming weeks.
While this is a small step in our campaign, it is certainly a significant one! Members like you have done fantastic work in spreading our campaign message at the workplace level. This momentum culminated in Wednesdays meeting, where we were heard separate to other health professions, and the need for change was made very clear.
Despite what may or may not be contained in the final version of EBA 2014, Wednesday’s discussions have set the agenda for the future of Medical Science. The on going activity and work of members will ensure that together we continue to drive that agenda for positive change forward.
Well done to all members for their hard work in getting us to this point!