Pathology & Red Cross Blood Service

Pathology Workers Diana Pathology Worker

A warm welcome to all the Victorian Pathology workers from the Health Workers Union Team, headed by our Secretary, Diana Asmar (who is a Phlebotomist and has an extensive work history in this area). 

The Health Workers Union has been working very hard to make sure that the workers within the pathology sector are paid decent wages and have reasonable working conditions. Unfortunately, some providers have let wages and conditions slip well below industry standards.

We will continue to fight for you to be able to access the pay and conditions you deserve – like access to training, uninterrupted lunch breaks, paid for overtime worked and to improve the culture at your workplace, amongst other things.

We can only achieve these outcomes and benefits if we unite and make our voices heard at work. History has taught us that workers have more power when they stick together.

Health Workers Union Response to the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria Pathology Plan 2017 Consultation Paper

Health Workers Union Begins Negotiations with Australian Red Cross Blood Service

The Health Workers Union has officially commenced bargaining for your new Blood Service Enterprise Agreement.

Following a review of the existing Enterprise Agreement, we have now compiled a draft Log of Claims (found below).
Your feedback is very important. We need to know what matters most to you. We encourage you to provide your feedback on the draft Log of Claims and let us know what you want included in your new Enterprise Agreement. You can do so by simply replying to this email.
We have already met with Red Cross Blood Service for preliminary discussions. The first formal meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 19 September to begin bargaining. Weekly meetings are scheduled thereafter until mid-October.
Your workplace delegates from the Blood Service are Silvia Gonzales and Anne Conde. Both myself (HWU Organiser, Ray Collins) and HWU Industrial Officer, Lisa Alcock, will be leading the negotiations on your behalf. 
And remember, together we are stronger! 
Australian Red Cross Blood Service - DRAFT LOG OF CLAIMS (PDF)


The union is in intense negotiations with Dorevitch Pathology management. It’s like getting blood from a stone. They simply don’t respect or value their workforce. Management is currently refusing the following:

  • To agree to negotiations six months prior to nominal expiry date (despite already waiting 10 years for new agreement)
  • To retain the existing consultation provision.
  • Refusing to allow disputes about extensions to parental leave and flexible working arrangements to be covered by the disputes settlement procedure.
  • To include part time provisions in line with the Modern Award (for example, the 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).
  • To maintain all redundancy conditions from the existing agreement (in relation to the amount paid and redeployment)
  • Pay time worked during unpaid breaks when interrupted.
  • To 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.
  • To pay overtime for part time employees in line with the Modern Award.
  • Convert people on higher duties for more than 26 weeks to the higher classification. This could see people on higher duties indefinitely.
  • Unpaid carers leave when all personal carers leave is exhausted.
  • Career breaks (four years on, one year off).

But that's only the beginning! Dorevitch management still haven’t responded to whether they agree to:

  • Any wage increase. Right now, Nev Moller’s position is a 0.0% pay increase for you.
  • The Length of agreement.
  • A review of part time hours.
  • Endeavouring to roster people to have at least two consecutive rostered days off.
  • Retaining existing sick leave (they originally wanted to apply the NES 10 days per annum)
  • Retaining existing Long service leave.
  • Retaining the existing discipline clause.
  • Accident make up pay.

It’s NOW crunch time. If you want a decent pay rise and new workplace agreement, you will ONLY get it by joining the Health Workers Union today. Please share this link with work colleagues and speak to them about joining. Help us, help you! Together we stand – divided we beg!!!   

Please give us a call on 03 9341 3300 for more information.

Campaign Poster (PDF)

Diana Asmar, HWU Secretary and Former Pathology Worker