Australian Red Cross Blood Service Enterprise Bargaining 2017 - Update No.2

05 May 2017

A number of Enterprise Bargaining meetings have been held to date with various claims and proposals made on a "Without Prejudice" basis. This means that the proposals or claims can by changed by either party and neither party is locked into any position.

The membership survey response was that members expect more than the previous 3% per annum. The CPSU has claimed 3.5% per annum for annual pay increases from 1 July 2017, 1 July 2018 and 1 July 2019.

The CPSU has claimed retrospectivity back to 1 July 2017 if the 2017 EA is not certified until after 1 July 2017.

The CPSU has proposed a Flexitime clause for the EA and that there should be no limit on redundancy payments based on years of service. (Currently three weeks per year of service up to a maximum of 39 weeks).

A management proposal is that Long Service Leave, which has previously been calculated and taken as calendar days, will instead be calculated as working days. The proposed conversion will not disadvantage employees. The CPSU has proposed that any Public Holidays which fall within an  employees Long Service Leave be paid as a Public Holiday and not as currently applies be absorbed i.e. lost.

In relation to discussion around pay increase, management has also proposed that the span of hours be changed Monday to Friday from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm to 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Management has proposed annual pay increases on 1 July 2017, 1 July 2018 and 1 July 2019 but with no retrospectivity back to 1 July 2017 if the 2017 EA is not approved by Fair Work Australia until after that date. They have suggested that due to the financial situation of ARCBS, comparative increases elsewhere, and the current Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Adelaide, it is unlikely that the pay rise offered will be as much as for the last EA (i.e. below 3% per annum).

Membership comments are sought on the above matters and can be made to PSA is also available on request to meet members at the worksite and to hold worksite meetings at which intending members can also attend.