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Public sector EBA update 1: EBA discussions to start by 30 October

Log of claims

The Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Enterprise Agreement 2020-2024 expires on 30 April 2024. In accordance with Clause 9.3, employers agreed to commence discussions with ANMF no later than six months prior to the nominal expiry date of this Agreement. This means no later than 30 October 2023.

ANMF will serve on each employer a log of claims that we seek addressed in negotiations for the replacement EBA. That claim will be provided to members in EBA #8 Update 2.

How were the log of claims decided?

The log comprises resolutions from our annual delegates conferences, assessment of other EBAs, and our own suggested improvements from working with the current and previous EBAs, along with initiatives ANMF believe will address workforce retention and recruitment, and reward the work you do.

Notice of Employee Representation Rights

Recent changes to the Fair Work Act remove the need for a notice of employee representational rights (NERR) to be issued to commence bargaining where the existing agreement has a nominal expiry date within the last five years and which covers a substantially similar scope of employees. In that case, bargaining will commence on written request from an employee bargaining representative.

Despite these changes, ANMF anticipates that each employer will tell employees about their rights regarding bargaining representation between now and the end of October 2023.

ANMF members need take no action as ANMF is your default bargaining representative for these negotiations.

Who will be covered by the replacement EBA?

The proposed agreement is intended to cover employees who are a registered nurse, registered midwife, enrolled nurse (including an early parenting practitioner engaged to work in an early parenting centre), Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing or Midwifery (RUSON or RUSOM), trainee enrolled nurse and student enrolled nurses. The exclusion to the above is those employees properly covered by the Victorian Public Mental Health Services Enterprise Agreement 2020-2024.

Next steps

ANMF anticipate that your employer will appoint the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association (VHIA) as their bargaining representative. ANMF will seek to commence intensive negotiations with the VHIA, with the aim of completing a replacement EBA prior to 30 April 2024.

It is also common for employers, either directly or via their bargaining representative, to issue their own log of claims. We will notify members if this occurs.

Members will be continuously updated by further EBA updates.

What you should do

You can use the ANMF member portal to update your details such as your workplace, ward, private email address, and postal address. This may become critical later if we need to take legally protected industrial action to secure a fair replacement agreement.

The more members we have, the more influence we have. Speak to your colleagues about being an ANMF member, and if they are not already a member, encourage them to join.

Any questions?

To ask a question, make a Member Assistance inquiry and scroll to the bottom of the page. You may find the answer to your question in the frequently asked questions on the same page.