AFTER A YEAR OF FRUSTRATED NEGOTIATIONS FOR A NEW ENTERPRISE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, WORKERS AT THE MAJOR MEDICAL IMAGING COMPANY – REGIONAL IMAGING LIMITED – HAVE STEPPED UP AN INDUSTRIAL ACTION CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT THEIR CONDITIONS AND PENALTY RATES. STOP WORK MEETINGS WILL ROLL OUT STATEWIDE FROM WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER.
Regional Imaging Limited are a part of the I-MED Network, Australia’s largest medical imaging clinic network, with an annual turnover of over half a billion dollars.
HACSU’s Assistant Secretary Robbie Moore said “Workers are offended that management are so focused on stripping away their conditions and slashing their penalty rates. Regional Imaging/I-MED are not in any sort of financial trouble, so why do they want to make their staff poorer?”
Workers in Hobart have already been informed that they will have their ‘ordinary hours’ increased from Monday to Friday to seven days a week, and that this is a non-negotiable issue. “Extending working hours to seven days a week is in itself a massive change. Reducing the wages they receive for working on weekends adds insult to injury,” said Robbie Moore.
HACSU Members at Regional Imaging sites throughout Tasmania voted overwhelmingly to engage in industrial action in September.
“HACSU has very high membership at all Regional Imaging sites, and a remarkable 92.5% of Members voted for taking Protected Industrial Action. We expected management to understand how passionately workers want to protect their existing conditions. Management did come back with an improved offer on some issues – but still want to slash penalty rates. Staff are feeling undervalued and disrespected.”
“Membership meetings have been held statewide, and staff have decided to lift the scope of their industrial activity over the coming weeks. They feel it is the only way to protect their conditions.”
STOP WORK MEETINGS TO BE HELD AND WORKERS WILL WALK OUT:
BURNIE: Wed 19 Nov, North West Regional Hospital
LAUNCESTON: Thurs 20 Nov, cnr Charles & Frederick Sts Launceston 11-11.45am
HOBART: Fri 21 Nov, Calvary Hospital Augusta Road 12.30 – 1.30pm
HACSU ASSISTANT SECRETARY ROBBIE MOORE WILL BE ATTENDING THE LAUNCESTON AND HOBART STOP WORK MEETINGS
STATE SECRETARY TIM JACOBSON, Health and Community Services Union