The ASU, with assistance from HACSU, has continued to bargain for a new enterprise agreement for Trainers to replace their recently expired agreement with St John Ambulance Tasmania.

A number of key claims remain unresolved but good progress is being made with many of the ASU claims being accepted and draft agreements including modified terms being circulated amongst bargaining representatives.

The following changes have been discussed since our last update email:

  • This agreement will now expire at the same time as the General Employees EA so that we can either negotiate the two agreements at the same time or consolidate the two agreements into one at the next negotiations. The expiry date will be 28 November 2022.
  • We have not been able to convince management, specifically the board, to change the consultation clause to ensure consultation occurs before a final decision is made.
  • The ASU are trying to maintain the current two week period for hours to be worked, rather than averaging over a four week period. We are waiting on a firm answer on this claim.
  • Regular and systematic casuals can now convert to permanent employment should they wish to after 12 months.
  • Position descriptions will be provided on or before commencement in a new role.
  • Higher Duties Allowance will now be payable after acting in a higher role for two hours or more.
  • Ordinary Hours of Work will be Monday to Saturday, 7:30am – 10:00pm but current full time employees will not be required to work ordinary hours on a Saturday unless they agree to.
  • Trainers will now be rostered to allow time for admin and marking, etc. Now, only 80% of a Trainer’s rostered hours can be contact hours.
  • We have not been able to convince management of the benefits of penalty rates and rostered days off applying across the organisation.
  • Delegate training leave is now available as three days per union per year ensuring adequate time for your delegates to receive their union training or attend appropriate conferences.
  • We are still waiting for a counter claim from management in relation to casual pay rates. The daily rate that currently applies comes from the Award and provides issues around changing to a straight 25% loading on the full time rate. We will provide more information on this claim when we get their counter-proposal.

All in all, negotiations are going well and we should be close to finished. We will make contact with our members once we reach agreement so that we can answer any questions you may have but feel free to reach out to ASU Organiser Aaron De La Torre or ASU Delegate Martin Mizzi if you have any concerns.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Aaron De La Torre | 0427 813 821 | adelatorre@asuvictas.com.au

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