Scientific staff at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service are employed across the organisation in the areas of testing, processing and supplying of blood products, as well as in scientific reference services, transplantation, research & development and quality oversight.
Following employees voting against the proposed Collective Agreement in April this year, staff at the Blood Service are gearing up for the next round of negotiations to commence soon. In the wake of recent restructuring, scientists at the Blood Service are concerned at a lack of consultation regarding organisational change and at the deskilling and downgrading of their profession. Rostering arrangements, a reduction in the notice period for employee resignation, access to arbitration during dispute settlement and part-time flexibility arrangements round out the list of concerns to be negotiated.
Professional s Australia delegates and representatives are involved in consultation surrounding the recently implemented organisational changes within the Blood Service’s Manufacturing & Quality divisions, which have affected many scientific and technical staff. These changes have resulted in modifications to job roles, workflow, rostering, training and quality oversight of the testing and processing. This has also resulted in a number of redundancies of scientific and technical staff nationwide in these divisions, who have effectively been replaced with unqualified staff.
Katie Havelberg, Workplace Delegate