APESMA members made significant gains in their Ambulance Victoria Enterprise Agreement negotiations after a sustained campaign by active members.
The Victorian government has signed off on an agreement between APESMA's Ambulance Managers and Professionals Association (AMPA), Ambulance Victoria and the Department of Health that will deliver pay increases of over 20 per cent to many members.AMPA was represented by a bargaining committee comprising of APESMA Director Industrial Relations Michael Butler and workplace representatives.
In addition to an increase of 12% in salaries over three years, the agreement also:
- Introduced a a 7% Allowance in lieu of the bonus that had been paid to metropolitan employees; AND
- Achieved a significant increase in the Commuted Availability Allowance which is compensation for out-of-hours work and the introduction of payment of overtime in certain circumstances;
Ambulance Victoria is a new entity created following the merger of the Metropolitan Ambulance Service and the Rural Ambulance Service.
To deal with the on-going issues resulting from the merger, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was entered into which included the establishment of a Joint Consultation Forum. In the event that the Joint Consultation Forum does not resolve a particular issue there will be access to Fair Work Australia (FWA) for arbitration.
The success achieved in the negotiations followed strong support from members.
Members not only attended meetings but wrote to MPs, took industrial action and encouraged colleagues to join APESMA.
“Without the support of so many employees, the outcome would have been a lot different.” APESMA Organiser Matt Harris said.