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DOREVITCH UPDATE

The HWU is still awaiting a decision from the Fair Work Commission. The HWU will send an update to all Dorevitch members as soon as we have the result.

FINAL SUBMISSIONS HAVE NOW BEEN SUBMITTED FOR THE DOREVITCH PAY HEARINGS IN THE FAIR WORK COMMISSION. BELOW IS A SUMMARY OF PROCEEDINGS:

What evidence was heard?

  • On Tuesday 13 March 2018, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission began hearing evidence from the HWU and Dorevitch Pathology in making the Workplace Determination which will replace the current Dorevitch agreement (which expired in 2007).
  • The Full Bench consists of a Vice President, Deputy President and Commissioner of the Fair Work Commission.
  • The Hearings continued on 14th, 15th, and 16th of March.
  • Unfortunately, Confidentiality Orders made by the Fair Work Commission have restricted parties from relaying everything that has been said and done until the hearing has closed.
  • Please note that a number of Dorevitch HWU members have given evidence.

How did the hearing go?

  • The HWU is very satisfied with how the hearings have gone. The parties have also met outside of the hearing process to continue discussions on a range of outstanding matters.
  • It is pleasing to report that over the past few weeks, Dorevitch has conceded to a number of the Union’s positions. This means that to date, the agreed conditions are already superior to those put out to vote by Dorevitch last year.
  • Amongst other issues, wages, classification issues and sick leave remain outstanding. This is not surprising.
  • The Full Bench of the Commission prompted the parties to continue discussions regarding a range of matters that they identified. As a result, the parties met to continue negotiations on Tuesday 20 March 2018 and were facilitated in further negotiations by a Deputy President of the Commission on Wednesday 21 March. The parties continued to negotiate on Monday, 26 March. These discussions assisted in reducing the areas of disagreement between the parties, meaning the Commission has fewer matters to determine.
  • Hearings continued on Tuesday 27, 28 and closed today on 29 of March 2018 (closing submissions were made by both sides today).

Where to from here?

  • We cannot predict when a decision about your pay and conditions will be made. We can only estimate. But under legislation, the Commission is bound to make a decision as quickly as possible. A decision could be made within the month or in as many as 3 months. It is difficult to predict.
  • The HWU will notify you via SMS when a decision is made.
  • A more detailed summary about the decision and what it means for you will be provided.
  • The HWU’s industrial team will host an evening information session for all Dorevitch HWU members in the week after the decision has been made. We will notify you via an sms of the venue, date and time.