The likelihood of the agreement being reached at this stage is low. This can only be done if the majority of doctors who vote against it in a given hospital vote against it. You have to vote yes to make sure that doesn`t happen. As you may know, AMA Victoria took an unusual step in August to resolve a dispute with each health service covered by the AMA Specialist Enterprise Agreement. This action was taken after a year of frustration at the lack of progress in the implementation of new clauses in the agreement and after a long dispute over the interpretation of long-term vacation rights. It was also an attempt to unite all parties to the agreement with the outcome of the disputes. In recent months, AMA Victoria has negotiated, on behalf of our members, VHIA and the government, how the reimbursement of salaries should be applied under the new enterprise agreements. Discussions included whether a physician is entitled to reimbursement if he or she left the public system between January 1 and August 7, 2018, when the agreement came into force. We are pleased to inform you that after these negotiations, physicians who have worked in a public health department are entitled to a total compensation of 9%. The more members there are, the more we can defend your rights. Help improve working conditions in public hospitals by discussing membership with your non-member colleagues. The next step is to ensure full implementation of all agreed outcomes. This requires that the members of each site keep us informed of the progress made.
So make sure your colleagues are members. Keep an eye on your emails to get the latest information on your business agreement. Hospitals are required to pay as soon as the agreements have been approved by the Fair Work Commission. If the vote is concluded, the agreements will be tabled at the end of March. The reference value for fair work commission approval is 50% in 3 weeks, 100% within 12 weeks. AMA Victoria asked the department to approve the payment earlier to minimize administrative delays. We expect the agreements to be adopted next week. No, a number of conditions for specialists (excluding salary increases) are not paid if the tradesman already receives an equal or greater condition. It is a recognition that we are integrating unregulated conditions into the technical agreement in order to create protected national conditions. The agreement applies to all public hospital workers (paid hourly or weekly) in Victoria.
It does not apply to those who are independent contractors (i.e. small rural hospitals) or to doctors who are paid “service fees.” Once the proposed agreements have been developed, the Department of Health and Human Services will present the proposed agreements for final government approval before a worker vote is held in accordance with the Fair Work Act.