Saturday, July 6, 2013

High Stakes In Paramedic Case

The title and the text below, has been copied from an article in the Examiner newspaper today, Saturday the 6th of July 2013.
Paramedics are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the hearing.
We are paid well below the ACT and SA Ambulance services and when compared to other health professionals, who don't make life and death decisions, we are very poorly paid.
Even our Senior Clinicians (ICP's) are only on $63,000

Here are a few salaries taken from
DEM Clerk $53,000
Snr Dietitian $76,500
Snr Physiotherapist $76,500
Clinical Nurse Consultant $81,600
Snr Librarian $93,900 - What the.... Life and death there.

A LANDMARK case on paramedic wages, which could cost the state government millions of dollars, gets under way next week.
The state's 270 ambulance officers have applied to be paid as professionals - a move that would result in a 25 per cent pay rise or a $9000 increase on the base salary of $53,064.
The Tasmanian Industrial Commission will carry out site inspections next week before the trial starts the following week.
Health and Community Services Union assistant secretary Tim Jacobson said it was the first assessment of the work value of paramedics in more than 20 years.
"We're saying that the work now, as opposed to what it was in '89, has changed and should be assessed as professional," he said.
South Australia and the ACT have already acknowledged paramedics as professional.
"We train our paramedics in Tasmania very well," Mr Jacobson said.
"They are sought after not only in Australia but overseas, so we need to remain competitive."
At the same time, negotiations will start between the Health and Community Services Union over annual wage increases. The agreement expired in June 2012.
The union is seeking a pay increase of 2.5 per cent over three years.
Mr Jacobson said the request was modest because of the case before the commission and the fact that ambulance officers had not yet been subject to the wages cap of 2 per cent, plus 0.5 for productivity gains.
Their previous agreement was negotiated before the introduction of the cap in 2011.

Til then, be safe.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tassie Ambo's Want Professional Rates Of Pay

Today the Union lodged a Professional Rates case with the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

This is the link to the online article in The Examiner newspaper

I have cut and pasted the text and the photo from the web site:

PARAMEDICS in Tasmania want to be recognised as professionals in an industrial test case that could cost the state government millions of dollars.

The Health and Community Services Union has lodged a claim on behalf of the state's 270 full-time equivalent paramedics that seeks professional status for the job and a 17 per cent pay increase to reflect that.

For a paramedic starting at the base level of $53,064, that would equate to a $9000 jump in pay.

It will be the first time in more than 20 years that the Tasmanian Industrial Commission has been asked to consider the work values of a paramedic.

HACSU acting state secretary Tim Jacobson said that over that time the demands, training and responsibilities of a paramedic had changed remarkably.

"The work of paramedics is now central to the work that's provided in the health system in general," Mr Jacobson said.

"No longer is it simply about transporting people. They are professionals and should be recognised as such.

"The sooner you treat people in terms of emergency medical conditions, the shorter the length of stay in hospital and the better the life outcome for that patient."

The commission could take months to consider the complex case that's been brought against the cash-strapped Tasmanian government, and whether it will order a reclassification.

Premier Lara Giddings has restricted all public sector workers to a 2.5 per cent pay rise when it comes to workplace bargaining in order to make considerable budget savings.

Similar cases lodged in South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory over the past few years resulted in pay increases of 20 to 25 per cent for paramedics in those places.

Mr Jacobson said other states were also likely to follow suit.

"Increasingly what we're finding is, given the special nature of their work, paramedicine is becoming a more mobile profession just like nursing and allied health professionals," he said.

"So in order for us to maintain our presence and certainly our ability to attract and retain people we're going to have to continue to pay what the market demands."

The union will ask the commission to assess Tasmanian paramedics against their interstate counterparts, as well as nurses and allied health professionals. The base salary for a Tasmanian nurse is $56,135.

So there it is, til then, be safe.