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Update For Dorevitch Members

Monday 9th September, 2017 Dorevitch Members Fists In The Air

Good news for Dorevitch Members: The Fair Work Commission has upheld the State Government's application to terminate industrial action. There is no more industrial action required. All action ceases!

The Health Workers Union and Dorevitch Pathology now have 42 days to reach an agreement (overseen by Fair Work). What cannot be agreed to (including pay increases) will be determined by Fair Work. Dorevitch now have nowhere to run or hide. If they don't offer a pay rise, the umpire will decide.

Congratulations, you showed the community how much you matter. We are one giant step closer to delivering you a decent pay rise. For more information please call (03) 9341 3300.

Dorevitch Lockout

NEWSFLASH: The Health Workers Union said things were coming to a head! Dorevitch Pathology CEO Neville Moller is gone. The Victorian government made an application to the Fair Work Commission to terminate Industrial Action due to concerns about community wellbeing. Not surprising, given your importance to the health system. A hearing is set for Monday 28th. This could lead to the Commission determining your future rates of pay.

Dorevitch has agreed to let the 89 locked out return to work tomorrow. Given government concerns, the Health Workers Union asks ALL members to return to work from August 24th (As per your roster). Phase 1 of industrial action continues (i.e. shirts, posters, badges). Negotiations with Dorevitch for a fair pay offer will resume. With Neville Moller gone, we have taken a giant step towards getting you a fair bloody go!

Notice to Commence Protected Industrial Action (PDF)

Dorevitch Pathology My Cause Strike Fund


Australian Council of Trade Unions Statement

Wednesday 9 August, 2017

Statement in support of 500 workers on strike at Dorevitch Pathology

Statement from Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary:

“The ACTU stands with the 500 pathology workers forced to strike after a long and bitter pay dispute with their employer, Dorevitch Pathology.

The workers took legal protected industrial action. Dorevitch responded by locking out 76 workers for daring to ask for a pay rise.

These workers are amongst the lowest paid pathology workers in Australia and deserve a raise. Despite waiting a decade and bargaining for over a year, Dorevitch Pathology has offered a zero dollar increase.

Corporate greed knows no bounds; Dorevitch’s owner, Primary Health, posted an estimated $1.2 billion in profits since the last pay deal. Meanwhile these worker’s wages have gone backwards in real terms.

The outrageous zero offer points to a business model that relies on ripping off workers to increase profits.

The rules that are meant to protect us are broken. These workers deserve much better. The rules need to change.”

Fair Bloody Go for Dorevitch Pathology Employees

Dorevitch Pathology Employees have overwhelmingly voted yes to Protected Industrial Action!

Dorevitch Petition

Head on over to https://www.megaphone.org.au/p/dorevitch and sign the petition to show your support for Dorevitch Pathology Workers.

Dorevitch Employees have voted yes to all the proposed forms of Industrial Action. The Health Workers Union will be sending Industrial Action Packs to all of our Dorevitch Members via the post, you can also download the PDF with instructions below. It is vital that you refrain from taking action until given the all clear by the Union. If you require more information or any additional printed materials delivered to your Dorevitch workplace, please contact the Health Workers Union by calling (03) 9341 3388 or by email at HWUpathology@hwu.org.au

Encourage your workmates to sign up to the Health Workers Union, remember there is strength in numbers! Please read the instructions found within carefully and do not take any action until you receieve an announcment from the HWU - Dorevitch Protected Industrial Action Toolkit (PDF)

On the day of the strike don't forget to turn off your work phone. Encourage your non union work mates not to roster shifts on the days we will be striking.

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Union Commences Industrial Action

The Health Workers Union applied to the Fair Work Commission for a Protected Industrial Action ballot, which was successfully voted up by Dorevitch members. Union members will be taking industrial action under the protection of the law from dismissal or punishment for participating. Dorevitch members have been told by management that if they're seen wearing the HWU t-shirts during the campaign, they will not be paid. This is downright false! Dorevitch are trying to indimidate you, don't allow them to get under your skin.

Industrial Action

  1. Participate in stop work bans for a period from 2 hours and up to 24 hours, providing the Health Workers Union give the employer 7 days’ notice.
  2. Refuse to undertake any work outside the starting and finishing times of rostered ordinary hours of work.
  3. Speaking to patients, their families and the community about the purpose of the campaign during working hours.
  4. Provide patients, their families and the community with written campaign material during working hours.
  5. Wear your campaign t-shirt during working hours.
  6. Wear your campaign badge during working hours.
  7. Displaying posters, slogans, colours in the workplace containing campaign information.
  8. Writing messages representing the concerns of employees’ regarding the enterprise agreement negotiations on the employer’s vehicles.
  9. Refuse to operate employer’s vehicles that have an odometer reading in excess of 200,000 kilometres.
  10. Refuse to operate employer’s vehicles that have not been serviced in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines.
  11. Refuse to clean non-clinical areas.
  12. Refuse to use personal telephones for work purposes.
  13. Refuse to operate facsimile and scanning machines.
  14. Refuse to conduct patient urine drug screens.

Expected Disruption to Dorevitch Services - Letter

Dorevitch Negotiations Update

Dorevitch Pay Rate Facts

Dorevitch Pathology Not Budging on Their 0% Payrise Offer

According to Dorevitch pathology’s website, their staff are part of a “winning culture”. We are not really clear on what providing high quality pathology services has to do with winning, but what is very clear is that staff at Dorevitch don’t feel part of a “winning culture”

Dorevitch workers are the lowest paid pathology staff in Victoria, earning thousands of dollars less per annum than their counterparts employed by other pathology providers, and exist in a culture of bullying and intimidation.

Over recent months, the HWU has visited dozens of Dorevitch sites around the state. We have spoken with hundreds of Dorevitch pathology workers, many of whom feel they are undervalued by Dorevitch, and at least a quarter of the staff indicated they are so frustrated they are prepared to leave the pathology sector altogether.

We are working hard to change this situation, but trying to extract a better deal for workers from Dorevitch management is like trying to get blood from a stone.

The last EBA Dorevitch had in place with its workforce was negotiated in 2004 and expired a decade ago in 2007. Members will recall that early last year over 1000 Dorevitch pathology workers, fed up with getting a raw deal, signed a petition calling for a “majority support determination” to force Dorevitch to the negotiating table with a view to developing a new agreement.

The workforce and the HWU have successfully forced Dorevitch to the negotiating table, but getting management to negotiate in good faith is another challenge entirely.

We have been in negotiations for over nine months now and Dorevitch are demonstrating that they are not really serious about delivering reasonable pay and conditions for its workforce. Dorevitch’s starting point position is to offer no pay increases, reduce workers’ sick leave entitlements and refusing to budge on its out of date non-flexible work arrangements.

In fact, Dorevitch is refusing to negotiate on a whole range of key elements of a new agreement; conditions that are crucial to closing the gap between Dorevitch employees and other pathology staff in the health sector.

Below is a list of some of the key things Dorevitch is refusing to negotiate on:

  • Wage increase. Dorevitch management’s position is a 0.0% pay increase for you.
  • Retaining existing sick leave
  • Retaining existing long service leave
  • Rostering staff to have at least two consecutive rostered days off
  • Agree to negotiations six months prior to nominal expiry date (despite waiting 10 years for new agreement)
  • Retain the existing consultation provision.
  • Agree that for disputes about extensions to parental leave and refusals for flexible working arrangements to be covered by the disputes settlements procedure.
  • Include part time provisions in line with the Modern Award (e.g. letter of offer stating days/shifts etc. – they want to roster 7 days a week).
  • A minimum engagement of four hours (they want three hours, which prohibits the additional weeks leave for working on weekends under their proposal).
  • Maintain all redundancy conditions from the existing agreement (in relation to the amount paid and redeployment)
  • Pay time worked during unpaid breaks when interrupted.
  • Require at least 24 hours break after six periods of consecutive duty.
  • Pay triple time when an employee works more than six periods of consecutive duty without 24 hours break (which is an existing entitlement)
  • Give preference to part time employees over casuals for additional shifts.
  • Pay overtime for part-time employees in line with the Modern Award.
  • Convert staff on higher duties for than 26 weeks to the higher classification. This could see people on higher duties indefinitely.
  • Unpaid carer’s leave when all personal carer’s leave is exhausted.
  • Career breaks (four years on, one year off)
  • The length of the new agreement.
  • Review of part time hours.
  • A casual conversion clause.
  • Accident make up pay.

It has taken a very long time and a great deal of work to get Dorevitch to the bargaining table. And, if Dorevitch staff want a decent pay rise and enterprise Agreement that is fair and which brings their pay and conditions into line with other pathology workers, Dorevitch staff need to stand united.

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