Medical Science reps take the first steps in setting the agenda for the future of our profession in discussions with SA Public Sector Workforce Relations (PSWR).
PSWR spent a significant amount of time asking questions in order to get a good understanding of the crisis which our profession is facing, and Casey, Jen and Wally did a fantastic job in providing real world, first person examples of how this crisis is being felt on the ground. In the meeting we sought a commitment in the next EBA to take the issues affecting our profession seriously, and give serious consideration to the consequences of doing nothing.
In the current climate of budget uncertainties at the State and Federal level, PSWR has been very clear that claims which are put forward in any agency or workgroup would most likely be unsuccessful if they require greater financial expenditure by Government. Despite this, they did indicate an interest in having further negotiations around how attention could be given to our issues through the negotiation of the next EBA.
While this is a small step in the process, it is certainly a significant one! There was no doubt at the conclusion of the meeting that there are indeed issues affecting Medical Science expertise and capability across Health which need attention. Importantly, we wouldn’t have gotten to where we are without the excellent work that members like you have done in spreading our campaign message at the workplace level, and building the activity which has resulted in us being heard separate to other health professions.
Negotiations will now continue in the coming weeks. Regardless of the outcome of the current EBA negotiations, we have succeeded in securing a strong base for our ongoing Medical Science Matters campaign.
Congratulations! Together, let’s keep taking steps forward to secure the future of our profession.