The ANMF continue negotiations with the Tasmanian Government to ensure that everyone in the community has access to enough nurses and midwives to provide safe and quality care whilst accessing the public health services across the state.
Officials of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian Branch (ANMF) attended a negotiation meeting with the Tasmanian Government on Monday 30 September 2019, to discuss the Nurses and Midwives (Tasmanian State Service) Agreement 2019.
This negotiation meeting was the third in a series of meetings held in pursuit of a long-term agreement for public sector nurses and midwives. At previous meetings ANMF officials presented key priority areas that need to be included in the agreement. A response position from Tasmanian Government was tabled at the latest meeting on 30 September. A number of items such as professional development leave and improved on-call arrangements, were not agreed to. However, the negotiation chairperson indicated that there was still room for negotiation on these items. The log of claims items pertaining to nurses and midwives on recurrent fixed term contracts having access to permanent position within Tasmanian Health Service (THS) has been one that has attracted considerable discussion during negotiations. To progress this, the ANMF attended a joint workshop with the State Service Management Office (SSMO), THS officials, human resources, and other agencies on Tuesday 1 October to discuss what a framework for fixed term to permanent conversion within THS may look like if an agreement is reached.
A further public sector nurses and midwives negotiation meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 15 October. The ANMF are expecting that this meeting will provide a clearer overview of what the Tasmanian Government’s position is and what they may table in an offer. If an offer is presented, the ANMF will schedule mass member meeting and communicate this to all public sector members via email and walk arounds. Please keep an eye on your emails for more updates as they come to hand. If you think you may not be receiving updates, please contact the ANMF office via phone or email.
Please note, in regard to ongoing concerns surrounding back pay from the 2018 agreement, the ANMF have received advice that all back pay entitlements will be paid by 23 October 2019.
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Updates correct as at 2 October 2019
Authorised by Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary