Arbitration Update - November 1, 2013

   The hearing of the arbitration of the Queensland Ambulance Service – Determination 2010 is now complete.  The last day of evidence was on Tuesday 15 October 2013. During the last day of evidence, UV cross-examined the evidence of QAS witness Mr Metcalfe on the history of meal windows and the meal overtime penalty. Mr Metcalfe gave evidence that meal windows and the penalty have been a longstanding entitlement of QAS employees, previously supported by the QAS. Mr Hartley for QAS was also cross-examined on the erroneous nature of the basis of his paramedics’ ‘workload efficiency’ measure, which the QAS sought to use to illustrate that paramedics have significant amounts of downtime in shifts.    Continue reading

Arbitration Update - September 6, 2013

Today is the final day witnesses from United Voice will give evidence in your arbitration hearing.  Craig Crawford, Craig Hansen and Nick Lentakis are due to take to the stand as the union’s remaining witnesses.  Continue reading

Arbitration Update - September 4, 2013

We are now in the fourth week of your arbitration hearing, after proceedings started in July and further hearing dates were held at the end of August. Tomorrow and Friday, your colleagues will again be cross examined as witnesses for United Voice.    Continue reading

Arbitration Update - August 23, 2013

Yesterday, your arbitration hearing resumed at the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission after the hearing day on Wednesday was postponed because one of the Commissioners was unavailable.  Continue reading

Arbitration Update - July 2013

The arbitration hearing regarding the Queensland Ambulance Service Determination began on Tuesday 2nd of July. The first week consisted mainly of evidence from QAS, except for one United Voice witness, Professor John Quiggin, one of Australia’s leading economists.  Continue reading

The Fight of Your Lives

On Friday, QAS notified us of the outcomes they want to achieve through arbitration. They are now prepared to take away even more conditions than we initially thought. QAS and the Newman Government are still saying ambulance officers should only get a 2.2% wage increase in exchange for the loss of even more conditions.    Continue reading

URGENT: EB 2012 Update 16 of 2012

Yesterday your representatives returned to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to seek to progress our claims for a new EB. At our last meeting QAS produced a document detailing their position, what they perceived our position was, and their suggested clauses/changes to the existing document.  Whether by incompetence or intentionally, none of our claims were included on the governments list.  Frankly, the exclusion by the government of matters that you and other members voted to be included in our log of claims treats you, your representatives, and the entire conciliation process with contempt.  Continue reading

URGENT: EB 2012 Update 15 of 2012

Last week saw the start of the conciliation process requested by QAS. Your elected representatives met with Commissioner Thompson at the Queensland Industrial Commission, along with representatives of QAS. Once again, the QAS showed that they were not prepared to move from their original demands which would see our conditions, consultation rights and important penalties stripped away in return for a 2.2% pay increase. Continue reading

URGENT: EB 2012 Update 14 of 2012

Yesterday your elected negotiators again met with the government to attempt to progress negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement with the QAS.  The Government, having refused to move from their original offer – essentially leaving us with a “take it or leave it” deal.  After months of negotiation the government continue to insist ambulance officers accept a pay rise of 2.2 per cent per year, and reduced conditions including :  removal of meal penalties,  reduction of roster projection to three weeks,  loss of all consultation and  removal of job security provisions. Continue reading

URGENT: EB 2012 Update 13 of 2012

Your EB Negotiating team, elected delegates from across the state, sat down with QAS and the Government again this week to try to negotiate the new EB, which will replace the current determination (which expires on September 30th). What is clear from these meetings is the need for us to continue to fight the Government’s attacks on our conditions, and our right to be treated as professional officers. QAS have given us their proposed agreement, which reflects the Government’s original offer, and which will: • Remove meal overtime penalties • Reduce the Roster Projection period to just 3 weeks • Remove all consultative, management, restrictive, and employee refusal provisions • Introduce an aggregate rate of pay The only increase in benefits proposed by QAS are the ability to cash out Long Service Leave, and the 2.2% wage increase. Our bargaining reps have repeatedly asked QAS to provide a document tracking all provisions that have been removed or changed – this was finally provided this week. To this point, discussions with QAS have had very little traction – the focus has primarily been on the aggregate rate.   Continue reading