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Public sector EBA update #13: Protected industrial action ballot declared, action begins 7 May

Public sector EBA update #13: Protected industrial action ballot declared, action begins 7 May

Over 50,000 members across 106 employers were eligible to vote in the statewide protected industrial action ballot. The outcome was declared on 29 April 2024.

To be successful:

at each employer, at least 50% had to vote in the ballot

  • community health – 587 voters – all reached the 50% milestone
  • public health services – 50,277 eligible voters – all reached the 50% milestone

and more than 50% of those who voted had to vote ‘yes’:

  • community health: 96% yes – all bar one – Community Health Service: Ranges Community Health (INSPIRO)
  • public health services: 98% yes

Members at 105 employers can take protected industrial action.

Statewide members meeting 21 March 2024

Members voted to reject the Victorian Government settlement offer, and directed ANMF to focus on delivering improvements in wage-related claims, and claims aimed at addressing casualisation.

Statewide members meeting 30 April 2024

ANMF Branch Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick and Assistant Secretary Paul Gilbert provided an update on negotiations since the 21 March 2024 statewide meeting.

With no further offer to consider, members voted to:

  • note the successful protected industrial action ballot, demonstrating the significant commitment that nurses and midwives have to achieving a fair outcome to their log of claims
  • note that reasonable and fair adjustments to wages, allowances and initiatives that will retain, and rebuild a permanent experienced and skilled workforce are yet to be resolved
  • request that Premier Allan ensure that appropriate and senior government representatives are available for intensive negotiations with the ANMF (Vic Branch) as quickly as possible and for as long as is required to resolve the EBA
  • direct the ANMF Secretary to provide the required notification to public sector employers of the commencement of protected industrial action (summary below).

Stage 1 protected industrial action to commence at 7am on Tuesday 7 May (includes):

  1. Wearing ANMF campaign t-shirts at work
  2. Refusal to be redeployed (subject to Branch intervention)
  3. Refusal to provide information regarding who is taking protected industrial action
  4. Writing campaign messages on vehicles (for example, Hospital in the Home and Community Health)
  5. No admin paperwork or data entry, including ambulance offload times
  6. Speaking to media, patients etc (with regard to s.141 of the Heath Services Act)
  7. Closing beds if staffing is not maintained

Stage 2 protected industrial action to commence at 7am on Friday 17 May (includes):

  1. Closing one in 4 beds, one in 4 elective cases and one in 4 referrals
  2. Reserving emergency admission beds
  3. Stop-work meetings

Members also called on the Victorian Health Minister Mary Anne Thomas, on behalf of the Victorian Government, to ensure that all Victorian public sector health employers facilitate appropriate consultation between ANMF (Vic Branch) officials and staff, and ANMF (Vic Branch) members, to consider all matters concerning our enterprise bargaining agreement.

Next statewide meeting 15 May 2024

Members also determined to convene a further statewide members meeting on Wednesday 15 May 2024 to either:

  1. consider a final offer from the Victorian Government that settles members’ claims, and which ANMF can be recommended to members, or
  2. confirm progression to stage 2 protected industrial action on Friday 17 May.

ANMF will provide more detailed information about stage 1 protected industrial action in the lead up to 7 May 2024.

Read the resolution

Read the media release

EBA Member Meeting Schedule between 3 – 9 May 2024

ANMF has organised workplace members meetings in as many workplaces as practicable between 3 and 9 May 2024. The aim of these meetings is to provide clear and concise information to ANMF members in each workplace as to the progress of negotiations for their next enterprise agreement and information about any protected industrial action that members may be allowed to take part in.

A further Statewide members meeting may be scheduled for 15 May 2024, but only if there is an offer from Government and employers that meets the claims of ANMF members. In the event that there is no acceptable offer received by ANMF prior to 15 May, Stage 2 of protected industrial action will commence at 7am on Friday 17 May 2024

On Friday 3 May 2024, ANMF member meetings are scheduled to take place in the following workplaces:

Andrews House Aged Care Facility 3pm
Austin Hospital 2pm
Box Hill Hospital 1pm
Caulfield Hospital 1pm
Dhelkaya Health – Castlemaine Hospital 2pm
Dhelkaya Health – Maldon Hospital 12pm
Footscray Hospital 1pm
Frankston Hospital 1pm
Grampians Health – Ballarat Base Hospital 2:30pm
Grampians Health – Wimmera Hospital 1pm
Healesville And District Hospital 2:30pm
Kilmore Hospital 1pm
Latrobe Community Health Service – Morwell 10:30am
Latrobe Regional Hospital 1pm
Lyndoch Living 11am
Mercy Hospital For Women 1:30pm
Monash Medical Centre – Clayton/ Monash Children’s Hospital 2pm
Northeast Health Wangaratta 1pm
Northern Hospital 1pm
Royal Melbourne Hospital City Campus 1pm
Royal Melbourne Hospital Royal Park Campus 11am
South West Healthcare – Warrnambool 1pm
St Vincent’s Hospital 2pm
Victorian Heart Hospital 1:30pm
West Gippsland Hospital 12:30pm
West Wimmera Health – Natimuk Campus 11am

On Monday 6 May 2024, ANMF member meetings are scheduled to take place in the following workplaces:

Albury Wodonga Health 1pm
Alfred Hospital/Alfred Centre 1pm
Bacchus Marsh & Melton Regional Hospital 1pm
Bass Coast Health – Wonthaggi 1pm
Bendigo Health – Acute Campus 2pm
Broadmeadows Health Service 1pm
Calvary Health Care Bethlehem 2pm
Casey Hospital 2pm
Cohuna District Hospital 3pm
Cranbourne Centre 3pm
Echuca Regional Health 1pm
Gippsland Southern Health Service – Leongatha 11am
Golf Links Road 1pm
Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital 2pm
Heywood Rural Health 10:30am
Illoura 10:30am
Indigo North Health 3pm
Kerang & District Hospital 1:30pm
Maroondah Hospital 2:30pm
McKellar Centre 2pm
Medically Supervised Injecting Room 1pm
Melton Health 11am
Moyne Health Services 3:30pm
North Richmond Community Health Centre 12pm
Orbost Regional Health 11am
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 1pm
Portland District Health 1pm
Queen Elizabeth Centre QEC 2:30pm
Rochester & Elmore District Health Services 10:30am
Royal Children’s Hospital 2pm
Rural Northwest Health – Hopetoun 1pm
Rural Northwest Health – Warracknabeal 3pm
Wantirna Health/ Murrenda Residential Aged Care Home 1pm
West Wimmera Health – Nhill Hospital 10am
Williamstown Hospital 1pm
Yarra Ranges Health 4:30pm

On Tuesday 7 May 2024, ANMF member meetings are scheduled to take place in the following workplaces:

Angliss Hospital 2:30pm
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service 1pm
Beaufort & Skipton Health Service – Beaufort 1pm
Beaufort & Skipton Health Service – Skipton Campus 2:30pm
Beechworth Health Service 1pm
Benalla Health Service 1pm
Bendigo Health – Golden Oaks Nursing Home 10am
Casterton Memorial Hospital 10:30am
Central Gippsland Health Service 1:30pm
Chestnut Gardens 1pm
Corryong Health 1pm
Creswick Health 11am
Dandenong Hospital 2pm
Daylesford Health 1pm
Gippsland Southern Health Service – Korumburra 11am
Grampians Health – Edenhope 2pm
Heathcote Health 2pm
Jacaranda Village 10:30am
Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital 1:30pm
Kyneton District Health Service 1:30pm
Maddocks Gardens 3pm
Mildura Base Public Hospital 2:30pm
NCN Health – Cobram 3pm
NCN Health – Nathalia 12:30pm
NCN Health – Numurkah 10:30am
Peter James Centre – Burwood Rehab 1pm
Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre 2pm
Sandringham Hospital (including Monash Health Women’s) 2pm
South Gippsland Hospital 1:30pm
St George’s Hospital 12pm
Sunraysia Community Health Services 12:30pm
Tallangatta Hospital 10:30am
The Mornington Centre 1pm
Trentham Health 11am
University Hospital Geelong 1:30pm
Werribee Mercy Hospital 2pm
Western Health – Drug Health Services 2pm
Yarraman Nursing Home 12pm
Yarrawonga District Health Services 10:30am

On Wednesday 8 May 2024, ANMF member meetings are scheduled to take place in the following workplaces:

Alpine Health – Bright 12:30pm
Alpine Health – Mt Beauty 10:30am
Alpine Health – Myrtleford 2pm
Ballarat Health QEGC – Sebastopol Campus 1pm
Ballarat Health QEGC – Wendouree Campus 2:30pm
Barwon Health North 2pm
Bendigo Health – Gibson Street Complex – Joan Pinder Nursing Home 2pm
Bendigo Health – Havlin Street Campus 3:20pm
Bundoora Extended Care Centre 1pm
Colac Area Health 1:30pm
East Grampians Health Service – Willaura 10:30am
Frankston Public Surgical Centre 1pm
Goulburn Valley Health/Waranga Health Service 1pm
Hamilton Base Hospital 2pm
Hesse Rural Health Service 3pm
Kingston Centre 2pm
Lorne Community Hosp & Nursing Home 1:30pm
Maffra District Hospital 11am
Maryborough & District Hospital 1pm
Moorabbin Hospital 2pm
Otway Health & Community Services 11am
Robinvale District Health Services 10:30am
Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital 2:30pm
South West Healthcare – Camperdown 11am
St Vincent’s Correctional – Port Phillip Prison 2pm
Sunbury Day Hospital 2:30pm
Swan Hill District Hospital 2pm
Terang & Mortlake Health Services – Terang 1pm

On Thursday 9 May 2024, ANMF member meetings are scheduled to take place in the following workplaces:

Alan David Lodge 2pm
Alexandra District Hospital 1pm
Ararat & District Hospital 2:30pm
Ballarat Health QEGC – Ballarat East Campus 2:30pm
Boort District Hospital & Nursing Home 12pm
East Wimmera Health Services – St Arnaud 10:30am
Grampians Health – Dimboola Hospital 1pm
Grampians Health – Stawell Hospital 1pm
Inglewood District Health 10am
Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service 1pm
Kyabram & District Health Service 1pm
Mansfield District Hospital 1pm
Queen Elizabeth Centre – Noble Park 1:30pm
Rosebud Hospital 1pm
Royal Dental Hospital 1pm
Royal Women’s Hospital 1:30pm
Seymour Health 11am
Timboon & District Hospital 1pm
Tweddle Child & Family Health Service 2pm
Yarram & District Health Service 1pm
Yea & District Memorial Hospital 11am

Authorised L. Fitzpatrick, Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, 535 Elizabeth Street Melbourne Vic 3000