Negotiations on the new agreement combining the AHP and the nurses were concluded in 2016. The Fair Work Commission approved the agreement and came into force on January 13, 2017. Negotiations have been difficult because AAPA members are clearly overwhelmed by nurses, making it difficult to get specific questions from the AHP service operator and customers, given the attention they deserve. Negotiations for an enterprise agreement for Marina Radiology employees have just begun, the first round of negotiations will take place on July 5, the next one will take place soon on August 2. On this page, you will find copies of agreements on public sector companies for public hospitals, the public health sector and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Negotiations on the new agreement will continue until July. VAHPA members in Yooralla have been engaged in weeks of collective struggle for an improved pay offer, which they will keep on an equal footing with their colleagues in the health sector and municipal hospitals, and that they will divert from the proposed cuts for Long Service Leave and Accident Make-Up Pay. Measures included prohibitions on supplementing data, obtaining time and billing information, wearing t-shirts and campaign badges, and encouraging customers and their parents to send VAHPA postcards to the head of Yooralla to ask why the disability sector should be paid less. The new agreement finally came into force on May 3, 2017 and many employers made the refund available shortly before that date. The hard-hit agreement came with many improvements, including: Negotiations for a new enterprise agreement for employees, including Allied Health Professionals, at BreastScreen Victoria began earlier this year. At present, no significant progress has been made.
The first negotiations brought members broadly in line with the conditions of the community health sector, with wage increases, in an attempt to bring them quickly closer to parity in the community sector. These include an increase of 10.4% over July 2016, then a 2.5% increase in July 2017, 2018 and 2019 and January 2020, as well as a package of $12,500 (pro-rata). With the expiration, in nominal terms, of the agreement on the Community health sector more than a year ago, on 30 June 2016, measures to improve the salaries and conditions of allied health professionals in the community health sector and the well-being of the sector as a whole are beginning to begin. The „Community Health Advocacy“ campaign is being introduced in all self-governing community health centres, which raise not only the issue of the wages and conditions of allied health professions, but also the survival of community health as a vital sector of health in Victoria, according to egalitarian principles. The members of the Scope showed great solidarity throughout the negotiation process, conducting unified collective actions and not wanting to settle for something that would leave them behind the rest of the sector. Scope members can now enjoy the benefits of their new agreement, including an increase in paid parental leave, further increases in classification structures and an annual wage increase of 2.5% per year, up to a 1.25% increase on July 1, 2018 to reach the final six months of the agreement. While we must fight for the survival of community health, the simple fact is that negotiating a multi-company agreement covering all community health centres is not good for allied health professionals or for the community health sector. That`s why VAHPA strives to negotiate individual business agreements in each community health centre.