Docking of Pay
Most Hospitals have now completed a review of their decision to dock pay of ANF members during the recent 2007 EBA campaign.
It is pleasing to note that most hospitals have reversed many of these decisions, resulting in many members receiving all or most of their pay returned.
ANF is also pleased to advise that:
The Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and ANF have agreed to review any outstanding grievances at a central level, including agreement on those issues the parties will consider as grounds for reversing a decision to dock pay.
the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) found in favour of ANF's application for the AIRC to help resolve any outstanding grievances over docking of pay, this means that if a grievance remains outstanding after the VHIA/ANF process above, it is open for the ANF to take the matter to the independent umpire.
A number of hospitals continue to advise that employee grievances should be taken to the Workplace Ombudsman, members are again advised this is contrary to the agreed process above and the EBA grievance procedure. Members are strongly advised to seek the advice of their Organiser.
All members who have already lodged a written grievance are requested to send a copy of any correspondence you receive from your employer on this matter, and in particular the result of the review, on facsimile 9275 9344, marked attention to your Organiser.
Wage Increases and Back Pay
The drafting of the 2007 EBA is nearing completion, with only a small number of matters outstanding. ANF continues to meet with DHS and VHIA to seek to finalise this document before the end of 2007, to enable wage increases to flow to members at the earliest opportunity.