Public Sector Enterprise Bargaining: Update #2

18 July 2019

The ANMF (SA Branch) continued the negotiations with State Government/ SA Health representatives on Tuesday 16 July 2019.

At the meeting, the parties discussed the ANMF’s proposed shift allocation staffing model which would replace the existing nursing/midwifery hours per patient day system. At this time, the parties remain open to exploring a new model however the discussions are still at a preliminary stage.

Crucial to our claims are th protection of current staffing levels and making the system more transparent, simpler and stable.

Thank you to all members who have already provided feedback to the ANMF about your employer’s claim to reduce the length of night shift [see update #1 ].

We want to reassure members that the ANMF (SA Branch) is acutely aware of the potential detrimental impacts that these claims may have on members, which we will discuss in much greater detail with your employer at the appropriate time during the negotiations.  The ANMF (SA Branch) continues to believe that the current shift lengths provide the best basis for addressing fatigue, contributing to current staffing levels and providing support to professional development, quality improvement, patient handover and infrastructure support.

We will continue discussions with employers at the next meeting on 26 July 2019.

As a side note, we are aware that the LHN’s have circulated to nursing and midwifery staff a notice about the disclosure of information.

This relates to staff providing information on behalf of their LHN or organisation to the ANMF (SA Branch).

The ANMF (SA Branch) will request information, as needed to either support bargaining or for other legitimate purposes, through the appropriate formal channels and will not ask members to provide information on behalf of the organisation in which they work.

This does not impact on the capacity of members to give feedback to the ANMF (SA Branch) on any and all matters that are relevant to the Enterprise Agreement or a matter pertinent to the individual.