Community Health Induction

Induction

The Health Workers Union (HWU) is YOUR union.

You are employed under the the Victorian Stand-Alone Community Health Services (Health and Allied Services, Managers and Administrative Officers) Multiple Enterprise Agreement 2018-2022. This Agreement determines your pay and conditions.

The HWU negotiated your Agreement and we are the only union that covers your classification.

As an employee covered by this Agreement, your employer recommends the HWU is the only union for you.

Our History

The Health Workers Union has a proud history since its inception in 1911 of fighting for workers’ rights and better work conditions in Victoria’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

We are a strong and growing union that aims to use its combined power to improve working conditions and to maintain reasonable wages and benefits for our members.

We can achieve our desired outcomes and benefits if we unite and make our voices heard at work. History has taught us that we have more power when we act together!

How Unions Helped Shape Our Society

Unions and the minimum wage

Did you know that Australia was the first place in the world to introduce a minimum wage?

Superannuation

Superannuation is one of those historic reforms so embedded in our working lives that it can be difficult to image a time without it.

But superannuation did not always exist – unions had to campaign for it over the course of many decades.

Workers must act through their unions to protect the right to a decent and dignified retirement system.

The HWU has recently negotiated Superannuation contributions on Parental Leave in the Public Hospital Sector.

The Palm Island Strike of 1957

In June 1957, seven Indigenous men and their families on Palm Island were arrested at gunpoint in the dead of night.

Their so-called crime?

They were the courageous leaders of a strike by Aboriginal people on the island demanding to be treated with dignity, respect, and equality.

The Equal Pay Case of 1969

Unions, the first Mardi Gras, and the struggle for LGBTIQA+ equality 

Many union activists were involved in the First Mardi Gras in 1978.

Universal healthcare

Did you know that in 1976 the union movement led one of the largest strikes in Australia’s history to defend universal healthcare?

You can join today by going to www.hwu.org.au/join-our-union or call (03) 9341 3300.